we are turning 15!
A night of celebration and Songs we Love showcasing the history of American Jazz– and its future…
Just as we will celebrate the history of THT – and ITs future!
Jazz at Lincoln Center presents Songs We Love
Fifteen years ago, Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater re-opened after a long community effort to restore this historic landmark. Since then, it has been a Vermont success story, hosting 2,500 events and attracting half a million attendees.
Celebrate Town Hall Theater’s 15th anniversary with a spectacular evening of music, memories, and merriment! Revel in the sounds of the past as New York’s esteemed Jazz at Lincoln Center performs Songs We Love – a melodic journey through jazz classics from the 1920s to early 1950s. THT Founder Douglas Anderson and Executive Director Lisa Mitchell will share a heart-warming retrospective and an exciting sneak peek of what’s to come. Afterward, enjoy a slice of birthday cake and mingle with the musicians at the Middlebury Inn.
THT Founder and Artistic Director Douglas Anderson sat down with Box Office Manager, Zach Shivers to talk more in depth about the event.
by Michael Mode, Vermont contemporary wood artist
Handcrafted Inlaid Wood Bowl. 15.75″ diameter
6.5″ height. Retail price $2350.
1 ticket for $5, 5 tickets for $20
Songs We Love was first presented as the 2016 Season Opener at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City. True to its mission “to entertain, enrich and expand a global community for jazz through performance, education, and advocacy,” JALC made the program available to other cities, but in short outings. Now, as a result of JALC’s partnership with the international booking agency IMG Artists, Songs We Love will reach 47 cities across the country, from major markets including Los Angeles, CA, and Atlanta, GA, to smaller yet significant destinations such as Fish Creek, WI, and Orono, ME.
In Songs We Love, a superb ensemble of up-and-coming players, schooled and tested on the stages of Jazz at Lincoln Center and concert halls around the world, will revisit some of the great songs from the first decades of jazz. Under the musical direction of trumpeter Riley Mulherkar and featuring vocalists Vuyo Sotashe, Brianna Thomas, and Shenel Johns, the ensemble will bring to life songs and styles that define the sound of jazz singing from the 1920s to the early 1950s. It’s a journey of blues, swing, and surprise, from the sound of Ma Rainey and the extraordinary storytelling of Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald to the easy swing of Frank Sinatra and the dramatic flair of Judy Garland.
Meet the artists – Join us after the program at The Middlebury Inn for a slice of birthday cake, and have a casual drink with the musicians!
Town Hall Theater
68 South Pleasant Street
Middlebury, VT 05753
The Box Office is also open one hour prior to performances.
Jazz at Lincoln Center
presents Songs We Love
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