In 1974 a group of friends, local business owners, and artists sat down in Polly Billings’ living room to discuss what this community could do to promote the arts in our area. From this gathering and backed by the recently founded Vermont Council on the Arts (VCA), Pentangle was established in March 1974. This year Pentangle is excited to launch its 40th Anniversary Season with a nod to the past and an eye on the future!
Founding member Gennie Caruso proposed the name PENTANGLE for the organization, which has since become tightly woven into the fabric of Woodstock and its surrounding communities. Peter Fox Smith, the VCA Director in 1974, tasked Pentangle with, “making art participatory for all”. The early Pentangle logo was a star with the five points representing the five priorities of the new organization: arts, humanities, education, appreciation and participation. With a special 40th Anniversary logo and a diverse array of programs and events lined up for the 2014-‐ 15 Season, Pentangle remains as committed to these guiding principles today as it did then.
Executive Director Gary Wood notes, “the vitality of the organization corresponds with the wonderful quality of life enjoyed by residents and visitors to this area”. Pentangle Arts has put together an exceptional series of events for the 40th Anniversary Season, remaining true to the organization’s history and mission. The artists and programs lined-‐up for the 2014-‐15 Season bring a tantalizing array of music, theatre, visual arts, as well as a comprehensive ‘Arts in Education’ series for area schools.
Returning this Season are some of Pentangle’s well-‐known and beloved events, including The Light Garden, the fall musical, the 13th Annual Holiday House Tour, the 19th Annual Community Showcase, Throwback Thursdays, and first-‐run Hollywood movies! Page 2 of 3 The Main Stage Series adds new artists to Pentangle’s roster, offering a richly entertaining and widely appealing selection of performances for the 2014-‐15 Season:
Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Saturday, September 13th, 2014, Woodstock Town Hall Theatre at 7:30 pm. Big Sam’s Funky Nation is a driving force of urban funk. Ryan White, of the Oregonian, says the band is “tight enough (and hot enough) to turn coal into a diamond!” The band is led by trombone powerhouse, Big Sam Williams, formerly the trombonist for the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, who the San Francisco Chronicle calls “the top man on the slide trombone in the birthplace of jazz.” Big Sam refuses to let the audience sit still. Between the band’s solos, Big Sam’s signature dance moves and his distinctive trombone riffs, the energy level is high voltage when this band takes the stage!
Jazzmeia Horn, Friday, October 17th, 2014, Woodstock Town Hall Theatre, 7:30 pm. Jazzmeia Horn has a name that speaks for itself, capturing her very essence. With a strong nod to the vocal traditions of the past, and a headstrong look to the future, her soulful sound, understanding of the jazz idiom, and storytelling has earned her comparisons to classic vocalists, like Betty Carter, Sarah Vaughan, and Nancy Wilson. Jon Hendricks writes, “Jazzmeia Horn is one of the greatest vocalists I’ve heard in 40 years!”.
Pentangle Arts presents Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor® Dreamcoat, October 24th -‐ November 2nd, 2014, Woodstock Town Hall Theatre, see performance schedule for times. The Biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors comes to vibrant life in this delightful musical parable. Joseph, his father's favorite son, is a boy blessed with prophetic dreams. When he is sold into slavery by his jealous brothers and taken to Egypt, Joseph endures a series of adventures in which his spirit and humanity are continually challenged.
Hot Club of San Francisco presents Cool Yule, Friday, December 12th, 2014, Woodstock Town Hall Theatre at 7:30 pm. Fire up your holidays with Hot Club Cool Yule, a swinging gypsy wagon trip to the North Pole featuring many of your favorites and some rarer seasonal gems. Performed by The Hot Club of San Francisco in their inimitable style, reminiscent of the Django Reinhardt and the Hot Club of France, this dazzling holiday offering has something for everyone. Make this season bright with the flames of gypsy jazz!
Helen Kim, Sunday, April 19th, 2015, Cloudland Farm, 2:00 pm reception/3:00 pm concert, 4:00 pm reception/5:00 pm concert. Helen Kim made her orchestral debut with the Calgary Philharmonic at the age of six, and has gone on to become a respected and sought-‐after artist. She has appeared as a soloist with the Boston Pops at Boston’s Symphony Hall, as well as with the Milwaukee and Atlanta Symphony Orchestras. Ms. Kim has been profiled on national and international television and has appeared on CBC, PBS and CBS networks. Her performances have been aired on NPR and CBC radio networks.
BROADWAY’S NEXT H!T MUSICAL, Saturday, May 16th, 2015, Woodstock Town Hall Theatre at 7:30 pm. BROADWAY’S NEXT H!T MUSICAL is NYC’s original, award-‐winning improvised musical comedy! Abandoning the same ol’ song and dance to create a brand new, fully improvised musical comedy every week, each lyric, melody and jazz hand is made up on the spot to create a spot-‐on, energetic, absolutely hilarious show!
PENTANGLE ARTS Since 1974, Pentangle Arts has created arts and cultural experiences for the people of Woodstock and its surrounding towns of Barnard, Bridgewater, Reading, Pomfret, Quechee, Killington, Hartford, Hartland, Sharon, Bethel, Plymouth, and beyond. Pentangle exists to foster community and creativity within that community through the presentation of live performances of music, theater and dance; screenings of films; the visual arts; and other special arts programs. These programs encourage accessible multi-‐generational arts experiences and the participation of both current and future audiences, and they promote arts in our schools, opportunities for local artists, and community partnerships to strengthen the region’s creative sector. Pentangle is also steward of the community’s primary gathering space and performance venue, Woodstock Town Hall Theatre. Pentangle’s cultivation of mutually beneficial partnerships with local businesses and nonprofits supports community while the organization’s many activities generate over $2 million annually in collateral revenues. For more information or to buy tickets, visit www.pentanglearts.org or call the Pentangle Box Office at 802-‐457-‐3981.
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