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44 Gypsy Ln
Bennington, Vermont, 05201
United States

(802)4427158

The Bennington Center for the Arts boasts seven large galleries which are home to temporary exhibitions by many of the finest representational artists from around the country, as well as an extensive collection of wildlife art, paintings by Eric Sloane and detailed wooden bird carvings by Floyd Scholz. In addition, The Bennington Center for the Arts houses a covered bridge museum, a collection of Native American artifacts and art works, studio space, and a lovely 320 seat theater equipped with a world class Fazioli piano.

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Upcoming Events

Oct
20
8:00pm 8:00pm

Michael Benedict JAZZ VIBES: Friday, October 20

Photo courtesy of Saratoga Bars

Photo courtesy of Saratoga Bars

Michael Benedict is a graduate of the Crane School of Music at the State University College of New York at Potsdam where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education.  He later attended Rutgers University and graduated with a Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies.

Michael has performed and/or recorded with jazz luminaries Gary Smulyan, Harry Allen, Dick Oatts, Steve Nelson, Sharel Cassity, Bruce Barth and Joe Locke.  He has toured the United States extensively, performing at numerous concert halls, colleges, clubs and festivals and has performed in Europe.  In 2012, Michael was part of a US State Department tour of Tunisia, Africa where he taught and performed with the Planet Arts Trio.  

Michael is currently the leader of three ensembles; Jazz Vibes, BOPITUDE and The Gary McFarland Legacy Ensemble.  He has released five recordings to date.  Downbeat Magazine rated BOPITUDE “Five and One” as one of the Best Albums of 2013.  His most recent release, “Circulation: The Music of Gary McFarland”, was an Editor’s pick in Downbeat Magazine and listed as one of the Best Jazz Albums of 2015 by National Public Radio and critics Ted Gioa and Scott Yanow. 

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JAZZ VIBES is an ensemble featuring Michael on vibraphone, David Gleason on piano, Mike Lawrence on bass and Pete Sweeney on drums.  The repertoire of the group includes straight ahead jazz standards, LatinAmerican songs and original material.  Jazz Vibes has been the leading vibraphone group in the Capital Region of New York State for over a decade. 
 
Michael endorses Grover Pro Percussion Drums, Soultone Cymbals and Silverfox drumsticks. 

House opens at 7:30pm, performance begins at 8pm.

Tickets: $15 advance/members, $20 at the door.  Kids 12 and under are admitted free of charge!

Call The Bennington Center for the Arts at 802-442-7158 to purchase tickets or click on the button below to order online.

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Nov
3
8:00pm 8:00pm

Annie & the Hedonists: Friday, November 3

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Annie & the Hedonists interprets the songs of the great female blues artists of the ‘20s, 30s & 40s: Bessie Smith, Sippie Wallace, Memphis Minnie, Billie Holiday, Rosetta Tharpe, Blue Lu Barker, Ella Fitzgerald and others.  Fronted by the captivating vocals of Annie Rosen, and backed by Peter Davis, (guitar, banjo, clarinet, piano, vocal), Jonny Rosen, (guitar, vocal) and Don Young, (bass, guitar, vocal), the ensemble's veteran players are each extremely accomplished in their own right.  Annie & the Hedonists also offer workshops from ukulele styles to playing by ear to gospel harmonies and the band has packed clubs and coffee house across the northeast, from New York City to the Champlain Valley.    

Spirits of Old Bennington will be serving refreshments throughout the evening.

House opens at 7:30pm, performance begins at 8pm.

Tickets: $15 advance/members, $20 at the door.  

Kids 12 and under are admitted free of charge!

Call The Bennington Center for the Arts at 802-442-7158 to purchase tickets or click on the button below to order online.

WOW, What a show! Annie and the Hedonists had our largest crowd of the season screaming for more. She absolutely blew the crowd away with her rendition of Jefferson Airplane’s White Rabbit. As Annie related this was “the song I always sang in the shower when I was a teenager”. Annie’s voice, the incredible musicianship of the Hedonists and a clear passion for their music made for a fabulous show!
— Cooperstown Concert Series 2017
Annie & The Hedonists had our village green groovin’ on a warm summer night. The band truly connected to a crowd of all ages, through their good-spirited brand of vintage jazz & Americana. True talent – and what a voice!
— Dave Ziemba, Artistic Director of the Clifton-Fine Concert Series, Wanakena, NY, 2017.
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Sep
23
10:00am10:00am

Open House and Artist Reception

The Bennington Center for the Arts will host an Open House on Saturday, September 23rd. Come enjoy the wonderful fine art completed by artists around the country in current exhibitions that include  Artists for the New Century, the Collective Members' Show and the Laumeister Fine Art Competition. Meet many of the artists that will be in attendance at the paint-out on Friday afternoon at Southern Vermont College or at the reception on Saturday evening. The winner of the Competition will be announced on this day as well.

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Sep
22
8:00pm 8:00pm

The New McKrells: Friday, September 22

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The McKrells are one of the Capital District's most well-known Irish and bluegrass acts, who performed at the top of the local music scene for 15 years before taking a hiatus in 2006.  This concert at the Bennington Center for the Arts is a chance to hear the next iteration of of the McKrell band, with a few new members to carry this musical Irish tradition into the next generation.

Folk singer, songwriter, and artist Kevin McKrell, has had his songs recorded and or performed by artists from around the world. He has performed in theaters, clubs and on festival stages across the United States, Canada, Ireland and the U.K. Prior to forming the McKrells, Kevin was a founding member of Celtic Folk band Donnybrook Fair. He and his bands have performed for audiences at the top Celtic, Folk and Bluegrass festivals as well as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Troy Music Hall, Caffé Lena, Berklee Performance Hall, Proctors Theater, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, The Egg, North Texas Irish Festival, The Landmark Theater Syracuse, Milwaukee Irish Festival, Celtic Classic, The Great American Irish Festival, MusikFest, Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, and Winterhawk Bluegrass Festival.

Lead by Kevin, the New McKrell's is a high energy collective and a who's who of North Country Roots Music, each player a top draw in their own right.  John Kribs is a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who is known throughout the Northeast for the classic roots rock band Johnny and the Triumphs, the beloved Raquette River Rounders and the original McKrells.  John plays guitar both electric and acoustic and banjo. On mandolin is Orion Kribs, a world-class string player endorsed by Godin-Seagull guitars.  Orion is capable of break neck speed and nuanced solo work so crucial to the McKrell sound. Arlin Greene is the bass backbone of the group, a member of a musical family that has attained legendary status in the northeast.  Son of the great Smokey Greene, he is a bassist of exceptional abilities, whether it is a high energy bluegrass stomp or one of McKrells' Celtic ballads. On percussion is Brian Melick, who is an active teacher and instrumentalist and has been featured on over 375 professional recordings. On fiddle, is Doug Moody, a Buffalo N.Y. legend for his work with the alt-country band The Steam Donkeys and The McKrells.  

The harmony vocals of these like minded musicians are stunning, the energy explosive, and each song a gem.  They have been called amazing, brilliant, McKrellica.  Don't miss out on this performance!

Spirits of Old Bennington will be serving refreshments throughout the evening.

House opens at 7:30pm, performance begins at 8pm.

Tickets: $15 advance/members, $20 at the door.  Kids 12 and under are admitted free of charge!

Call The Bennington Center for the Arts at 802-442-7158 to purchase tickets.

The McKrells Carnegie Hall performance was golden and triumphant, every solo met with applause and every song punctuated with a roar.
— Paul Rapp, Metroland Magazine (Carnegie Hall)
If bands were paid by the number of notes they played, soulfulness, conviction, confidence or black leather the McKrells would have bagged most of the money Thursday. Kevin McKrell owned the stage and crowd as usual and sang “It’s Not Me” as the country-est song of the night. His new “I Will Cry” about watching the news following 9/11 (Milonovich quoting “America the Beautiful” in the coda) won a standing ovation. So did their set as a whole. They were a delicious bonus and surprise.
— Michael Hochanadel The Daily Gazette (The Palace Theater)
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Aug
27
2:00pm 2:00pm

BKBX Open Share Studio: Sunday, August 27

From August 24-27 Broken Box Mime Theater  (BKBX) will be in residence at the Bennington Center for the Arts!

Winners of the 2016 New York Innovative Theatre Awards for Outstanding Ensemble, Performance Art, and Choreography/Movement, BKBX is back in the studio to create new work that activates the imagination of their audiences, contemporizes the art of mime, and reminds us all of the power of simple storytelling.  Set to lights and music, pieces range from realistic to metaphorical, heart-wrenching to hilarious, cinematic to intimate and everything in between, held together by the belief that great theater requires little ornamentation, only great vision.  

Join us on Sunday, August 27th at 2pm to learn about contemporary mime, collaborative process, and how simple storytelling can be a vehicle for impactful theater. This engaging, informal presentation with the company is open to all! 

Admission is "pay what you can" and all ages are encouraged to attend.   Funds received will go directly to the artists.

A generous donor will provide a dollar for dollar match for the admissions collected from this event and that match will be applied to the Bennington Center for the Arts performance fund.  This is an excellent opportunity for you to support to both your local venue and the artists whom we serve.

The covered bridge museum and galleries will be open from 10am until 5pm this day as well.  Should you choose to further explore our exhibits, admission is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors and children 12 and under are free.  The Bennington Center for the Arts will be offering a 10% discount on any new memberships or renewals made on this day which, among other benefits, will allow you free access to our galleries and exhibits year round!

Photo credits to Bjorn Bolinder

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Aug
18
7:00pm 7:00pm

Story Night Review: A benefit for the Bennington Murals Art Program

Building on incredible podcasts like the Moth Radio Hour, and RISK!, Story Night is a Vermont show that delivers a night of raw truth from local people without the aid of notes and props. Proceeds will support the curation and execution of murals in Bennington through the Bennington Murals Art Program.

Local craft brews and delicious mixers will be served by Spirits of Old Bennington. Appetizers will also be served. Shuttles are available for those who need assistance. Please send a message to storiesbennington@gmail.com or call 802-430-2008 to make arrangements.

The show begins at 7:00pm and the doors will open at 6:15pm. Tickets are $16 in advance and $24 at the door, and may be purchased at Storiesvermont.brownpapertickets.com or at the door.  

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Aug
5
10:00pm10:00pm

Bennington Arts Weekend- Open House

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On Saturday, August 5th, in honor of Bennington Arts Weekend, The Bennington Center for the Arts will host an Open House. In addition to the Covered Bridge Museum and the Native American collection, the galleries will feature several current exhibitions. The Small Works Show highlights over thirty framed pieces under 14” in size and of various subject matter. These smaller pieces are unique in that they may be taken home at time of purchase. American Artists Abroad features the work of artists who have traveled and been inspired by locations all over the world. The Laumeister Fine Art Competition, juried by Calvin Liang, is a sizable collection of fine, representational work by contemporary artists. 

Spirits of Old Bennington will be offering tastings and will have specialty cocktails for sale from noon until 4pm.

Admission is FREE all day!

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Jul
28
7:00pm 7:00pm

Where the River Runs North: discussion and screening

Award-winning filmmaker Jay Craven will present a special tribute to Vermont writer, Howard Frank Mosher, who passed away unexpectedly in late January. Craven has made five “Vermont Westerns" during his 28-year collaboration with Mosher. He will present a 20-minute talk, “My Life, So Far, With Howard,” in which Craven will detail his often-daunting exploits, making the films, and his always-humorous experiences, working with Mosher. Following his talk, Craven will present a 25th anniversary screening of his film, Where the Rivers Flow North, starring Academy Award nominee, Rip Torn, Native American actress, Tantoo Cardinal (Dances with Wolves, Legends of the Fall), and Michael J. Fox. 

Set in 1927 Vermont, Rivers tells the story of an old Vermont logger and his Native American mate who face the extinction of their way of life when the local power company plans to build a giant hydro dam that will flood them off their land. Lord and Bangor face emotional and physical challenges as they struggle with the power company, Vermont’s unforgiving terrain, and their own thorny relationship.

Tickets are $12 adults and $5 students under 18. Proceeds from Craven’s tour will support digitization and preservation of the Mosher films and preparation and production of study materials for schools and communities. For more information, contact Jay Craven (jcraven@marlboro.edu).

The discussion begins at 7pm, doors will open at 6:30pm.  For tickets call The Bennington Center for the Arts at 802-442-7158 or click on the link below.

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Jul
21
8:00pm 8:00pm

Recital by pianist Mackenzie Melemed

Twenty-two-year-old pianist Mackenzie Melemed began performing concerts at a young age, notably for senior citizens, charitable organizations and at local schools, where he encouraged students to share their talents within their communities. Melemed has performed at The White House, Carnegie Hall and in recital throughout the United States, Czech Republic, Finland and Japan. He has won numerous national and international piano competitions, including 5th prize at the 2012 Gina Bachauer International Young Artists Competition, 1st prize at the Hamamatsu Piano Academy Competition, and most recently 1st Prize at the Iowa International Piano Competition. Melemed graduated with the Bachelor of Music degree and will be finishing up his Master of Music degree as a student in the accelerated B.M./M.M. program at The Juilliard School. Melemed studies with Robert McDonald and enjoys foreign languages, recently completed studies in Finnish at Columbia University, and will be participating in the Maj Lind Piano Competition in Helsinki in August. 

Bach: French Suite No.2 in C Minor BWV 813
Haydn: Sonata in E Minor Hob.XVI:34
Scriabin: Etude Op.8 No.5 in E Major, No.10 in D-Flat Major
Medtner: 
Canzona Matinata Op.39 No.4, Sonata Tragica Op.39 No.5
Beethoven: Sonata in F Major Op.54
Liszt: Funerailles Dorman: Sonata No.2

The theater will open at 7:30pm and all concerts will begin at 8pm. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, children 12 and under are admitted for free. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Bennington Center for the Arts: 802-442-7158. 

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