What's Happening at Brandon Music?
A short summary of events and developments
full concert list
A huge congratulations to our associates who have just launched ClassicalVermont.com! The internet streaming radio station is headquartered at Compass and
has a selection of some of the greatest music from the last thousand years, including works from the Divine Art repertoire!
Building renovations are moving along with a new wing of the building slated to be completed in June at which point our Divine Art Recordings Group offices will move, freeing up available retail space along the main corridor of the building. There are also office and art studio spaces now available for lease. Two exhibits will also soon open: our first art exhibit opens on June 14th and will feature the abstract expressionist work of Roger Book; and a history exhibit of the the Brandon Training School opens in June with an opening reception on July 27th. See the CMAC website for more information or feel free to stop by and see what is happening.
NEW CD RELEASES
F rom our Divine Art Records division, several new CDs: 3CD set of piano music by most celebrated British composer Ronald Stevenson, played by Murray McLachlan; Contemporary avant-garde oboe music with Christopher Redgate, and new jazz and blues inspired music for violin and piano by Thomas Fortmann - for lovers of the 18th century baroque and early classical music, two new sets of music by Haydn and Guido - in both cases quite rare works not well known so something fresh and new to hear! - see these and other recent releases here
CHANGE TO JAZZ SCHEDULE
The promoters of our jazz concert series have altered the schedule so now the jazz concerts will be MONTHLY - we await the details but can confirm the first two events: the world-famous Kenny Werner Trio on January 17 and local favorites, the Jonathan Lorentz Trio on February 7. See concert list link above
WELCOME TO NEW TEAM MEMBER
We are delighted to welcome Kathryn Marshall to the company. Kathryn will be Executive Assistant for the group working with the CEO Stephen Sutton on a wide range of projects for the record label, and for the exhibitions and displays at the Compass Center; she has a great deal of expertise in the museum world and will lead on exhibit displays for our Phonograph Museum and the proposed display relating to the history of the Compass Building (formerly Building K)
PROGRESS AT THE COMPASS
The offices of Divine Art Recordings Group have now moved to Compass from Country Club Road, allowing for the expansion of the Bagatelles gift shop. Some areas of the Compass building cannot be opened yet to visitors due to safety issues, but we can show quite a lot of the main area including some potential rental units. More detail will be added to the Compass website. The visitor room is open, most days, call in to see progress. Vermont Coffee on sale to keep you warm. In mid November our Compass Café will open to offer a selection of sandwiches, snacks and drinks, and will expand once winter is over.
OCTOBER 29, 2012: A delightful new exhibition of paintings by local artist CAROLYN SHATTUCK is now open at the Music Cafe: details will be posted on the Gallery page soon, everything is slightly delayed due to re-locating our office (see below).
OCTOBER 19, 2012: WE are part way through the first part of our move into the Compass Center: the offices of Divine Art Recordings have moved and the shop and visitor rooms will be ready very soon, and we hope to have the first 'open day' on November 3, when our neighbors will be welcomed to view progress. Meanwhile, we are very sorry to have lost the services of Olivia Gawet who left this week. Olivia is extremely busy with music and church work and we wish her every happiness and success. We will have two new appointments to announce soon.
NEW CDS: The late summer and fall releases from Divine Art are now in stock at Brandon Music - check out the New Releases. Also we are starting to offer albums by several of the top jazz artists performing here, starting with four albums from Bruce Gertz Quintet here
Golfers: Did you know that we are situated right opposite one of the finest golf courses in the state? Neshobe Golf Club is open to the public and offers the full range of services incluidng lessons, practise greens and a Pro Shop. Voted #1 Golf Value in Vermont 2008 by New England Golf Guide! Visit www.neshobe.com
August : continuing summer concerts
Thanks to the good crowd who came out on Sunday 12th to see the Salt River Revue concert. We are very grateful to the band for giving of their time and skill to aid our fuindraising efforts for the Compass Foundation. September sees to fine classical concerts.
The jazz series goes from strength to strength. This is now the only regular (that is every week) public jazz venue in the state and top musicians are going back to New York and other places with a fine impression of Brandon. Now we need to get more people to come along and fill the cafe every concert! Details below: everything from smooth old-style jazz vocals to hiphop/funk and every style in between. Tickets are only $15 ($10 for under15s). You would usually have to pay $30-50 (and more) to see these top names! DETAILS HERE
NEW SUMMER-FALL MENU
The new season menu has been brought in - see it here available until 5pm every day (closed Tuesday) and on concert nights, until one hour before concert start.
EVENTS AND HAPPENINGS: TO ORDER TICKETS CALL 802 465 4071
NOTE: We don't serve alcohol. BYOB at jazz concerts only.
Full Jazz Night details are on the Thursday Jazz page.
Thursday April 11, 7:30pm: Northeast Sax Summit
Sunday April 28, 7:00pm: Jerry Johnson
Thursday May 16, 7:30pm: Caswell Sisters
NEW TEAM MEMBER AND AWARD
We are delighted to welcome Donna Towle to the staff team at Brandon Music. Donna will be manager of the new cafe and bistro when we open it at the Compass Center, and meanwhile is extending our menu with her award winning chili and wonderful sandwiches. Speaking of awards, we are extremely honored that our cafe has been awarded Editor's Choice "Best of New England" by the prestigious Yankee magazine as Best Classical Lunch in Vermont 2012! Congratulations due to all of our team especially Penny Powers and Patti LaDuke.
We now can offer wireless internet connections from the Cafe, so please come, use our sofas and tables and enjoy delicous drinks and delicacies while working or browsing. The service will be free to customers purchasing food and beverages or other goods in our shop, and for so long as it is not abused. The Cafe is a wonderfully atmospheric space and the ideal location. Please note: a Wireless service, via Comcast, is offered only, we do not (yet) have computers available for use by customers.
Also check out the events calendar and for detailed news on CD releases (audio samples, artist profiles, track lists and reviews) go to the Divine Art Recordings page. You can see photos from past events on the calendar too. Audiences for our recent classical and jazz concerts have been wowed by the quality of the music and of the superb acoustics and atmosphere in the music cafe. We aim to be the region's best small venue! Don't forget - our building is also available for private functions, meetings and just as a private getaway when you feel stressed.We regularly host the book club, chess club and ladies' knitting circle - if you want a regular meeting place do call us! We have hosted several children's parties, a bridal shower, chess tournament... and we would very much like to welcome some of our young neighbors - teens: come and visit.
For record collectors, we now stock 45rpm record center inserts, and steel needles (in three grades) for acoustic phonographs. Click 'Phonograph Room' button and find our accessories page. More to come!
We will have our online store for collector's vinyl/78s too - meanwhile you can see these at our store, or online at GEMM
By arrangement - Demonstration and discussion on historic phonographs (about an hour). $7 per head (parties preferred, no more than 10 at a time) or general admission $2 (every day 10-5.30)
FUNDRAISING CONCERTS. MANY THANKS TO THE FINE MUSICIANS GIVING THEIR TIME TO A GOOD CAUSE!
A series of benefit concerts and other events are being tabled, to aid the new Compass Music and Arts Center which will include educational and community facilities. We do encourage donations over and above the ticket price - all proceeds go direct to the Compass Center.Concerts held at the Cafe will offer our famous desserts during intermission at special fixed price. Or book for our Early Bird pre-concert dinner, choose from the main menu or the daily special.
jazz nights on Thursdays run to the end of October:
Full Jazz Night details are on the Thursday Jazz page.
ALSO TO BE SCHEDULED: more classics, jazz, country and bluegrass - also look out for our 'Pop and Crackle' nights - golden oldie music from the 1980s right back to the 20s! Just a lot of fun, no 'cleaned up' MP3s - we play the original 45s 33s and 78s. All the music of your youth - no matter what age you are (from the late spring on)
For fans of all types of music, plenty of happenings, of which more detail soon. Meanwhile remember our music cafe plays a constant stream of our recordings all day every day.
Open 10 am - 6 pm daily
Café (table service) 12 noon - 5.30 pm daily
(both closed Tuesdays except for prebooked parties)
Editor's Choice: Best of New England 2012