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Burlington, Vermont

Burlington Arts: Art Scene in Burlington

The beauty and outdoor adventure afforded by Vermont’s many forests, mountains, and lakes is surely its biggest draw, but if the cultural activity in Burlington is any indication, the people of Vermont also adore the arts.  The small and progressive state’s largest city, Burlington is home to museums, playhouses, orchestras, and music festivals, and the University of Vermont is itself a hub of artistic exploration (famed jam band Phish was formed there!).

Burlington Arts Information

Art Museums

Fleming Museum at the University of Vermont

Fleming Museum at the University of Vermont (Burlington, VT)

Since its founding at the University of Vermont in 1931, the Robert Hull Fleming Museum has grown into the largest art museum in the state. Its permanent collection now numbers approximately 25,000 pieces and spans millennia, with particular emphasis on 19th and 20th century American landscapes, 18th century British portraits, and, not surprisingly, works by Vermont artists from the mid-19th century to the present. All of this is housed in a charming Colonial Revival building, one of several on campus designed by William Mitchell Kendall of the legendary New York firm McKim, Mead and White. ...more...

Middlebury College Museum of Art

Middlebury College Museum of Art (Middlebury, VT)

Middlebury College’s Museum of Art is compact and well-appointed, which is fitting given Middlebury’s status as one of the “Little Ivies.” The museum’s several thousand piece collection ranges from the fourth millennium BCE to the present and runs the gamut of media, with particular strength in 20th Century prints and photographs; notable also are the various works – chiefly sculpture – that dot the campus, including Robert Indiana’s iconic square …more…

Shelburne Museum

Shelburne Museum

The Shelburne is easily one of the country’s most unique and thematically diverse museums; it’s more like a theme park, in fact, than a typical museum. Founded in 1947 by Electra Havemeyer Webb and fueled by her private art collection, the Shelburne grew remarkably quickly; its collection is now over 150,000 pieces strong and features Impressionist paintings, furniture, quilts, textiles, and, especially, American folk art.

What’s particularly interesting about the …more…

St Johnsbury Athenaeum

St. Johnsbury Athenaeum (St. Johnsbury, VT)

The St. Johnsbury Athenaeum is a private, nonprofit public library and art gallery located in St. Johnsbury, Vermont. Built as a public library and presented to the town of St. Johnsbury in 1871 by Horace Fairbanks, a small art gallery was added to the facility two years later. Now the oldest art gallery still in its original form in the United States, the Athenaeum was designated a National Historic Landmark …more…

Theater

Lost Nation Theater

Lost Nation Theater

Lost Nation Theater Information
Public Transportation: Good (a short walk from CCTA bus 86, and GMTA buses 80, 82, 83, 84, and 89 at Main Street/Barre Street)
Handicapped Accessibility: Good
Performances/Programs: 6 mainstage shows per season with multiple performances of each, plus several showcases and special events in addition to Kids shows and the annual Winterfest
Ticket Prices: $15–$30 depending on date selected
Subscriptions: 6-show subscriptions are $80–$165 ($165 – reserved center section seating; $135 …more…

Saint Michael's Playhouse

Saint Michael’s Playhouse

Saint Michael’s Playhouse Information

Public Transportation: Good (a short walk from CCTA bus 2 at College Pkwy/Lime Kiln Road)
Handicapped Accessibility: Good
Performances/Programs: 4 mainstage shows and 2 children’s theater shows per season with multiple performances of each
Ticket Prices: Mainstage shows – Adults: $32.50 for matinee, $35.50 for evening; Senior/Student $29.50 for matinee, $38.50 for evening. Children’s theater tickets are $9.50
Subscriptions: Subscribers receive a 20% discount on tickets (4-show evening $132; 4-show …more…

Vermont Stage Company

Vermont Stage Company

Vermont Stage Company Information

Public Transportation: Excellent (within a 5-minute walk from several CCTA buses in the Downtown area)
Handicapped Accessibility: Good
Performances/Programs: 4–5 per season with multiple performances of each
Ticket Prices: Wednesday evenings and Saturday and Sunday matinees $26; Thursday–Saturday evenings $31.50. $10 walk-up tickets are available for all Saturday matinees. Students and AARP members receive a 10% discount
Group Discounts: Groups of 10 or more receive discounted tickets
Subscriptions: $79–$119 depending on …more…

Classical Music

Bella Voce Women’s Chorus of Vermont

Bella Voce – Women’s Chorus of Vermont

Founded in 2004, this 45-member women’s vocal ensemble performs sacred and secular music alike, having performed the works of Gustav Holst, Benjamin Britten, John Rutter, and Pablo Casals, among many others. The chorus has also worked closely with contemporary composers Robert De Cormier, Michel Hopkins, Gwyneth Walker, and David Feurzeig, including several commissions. Bella Voce also collaborates with a Vermont high school women’s choir, Kaleidoscope.

Bella Voce’s Mentoring Program—which includes a …more…

Burlington Chamber Orchestra

Burlington Chamber Orchestra

This professional community orchestra began in 2007 in order to enhance the overall cultural experience of Burlington and nearby Vermont communities. The ensemble performs the works of such mainstays as Corelli, Handel, Mozart, and Grieg, as well lesser known composers like Heinrich Franz Biber, Francesco Geminiani, and Joosef Suk. The Burlington Chamber Orchestra also hosts the Young Artist Solo Competition for Vermont students 18 and younger. (DK)

Burlington Chamber Orchestra Information

Public …more…

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

The historic Vermont Symphony Orchestra (VSO) was initiated in 1934 as a statewide effort dedicated to performing in towns throughout Vermont, no matter how remote.  Now the oldest state-funded orchestra in the country, the ensemble still continues its focus on regional outreach.

The VSO’s well-rounded assemblage of programs includes a “Sunday Matinee Series” in Rutland and the “Summer Festival Tour” with stops at towns such as Manchester, Shelburne, and Randolph, in …more…

Opera

greenmountain

Green Mountain Opera Festival (Barre, VT)

(July) Located in Vermont’s Mad River Valley, this June festival offers free open rehearsals and master classes leading up to two fully staged productions of classic operas from Mozart, Bizet, Donizetti, and others. Singers under the age of 32 are invited to audition for the Emerging Artists Program. ...more...

Jazz

DiscoverJazzFest_Burlington_Jazz

Burlington Discover Jazz Festival (Burlington, VT)

(June 1-12, 2012) In 1983, the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival gave a voice to the burgeoning jazz community that had begun to take root in the picturesque town. Today, more than a quarter-century later, the festival has a long roster of artists who have graced its stage. Past headliners include Bela Fleck, Dave Brubeck, Ella Fitzgerald, Madeleine Peyroux and Ornette Coleman. ...more...

Venues

Flynn Center for the Performing Arts

Flynn Center for the Performing Arts

The Flynn, in various guises, has been a major presence on the Burlington performing arts scene since it began as a vaudeville house in 1930. It was a single-screen movie theater in the middle years of the century, and was saved from the fate of so many other grand old movie houses (conversion or demolition) by Merrill Theatres president Merrill Jarvis in 1972, who bought the place, installed a moveable …more…

Art Museums

Fleming Museum at the University of Vermont

Fleming Museum at the University of Vermont (Burlington, VT)

Since its founding at the University of Vermont in 1931, the Robert Hull Fleming Museum has grown into the largest art museum in the state. Its permanent collection now numbers approximately 25,000 pieces and spans millennia, with particular emphasis on 19th and 20th century American landscapes, 18th century British portraits, and, not surprisingly, works by Vermont artists from the mid-19th century to the present. All of this is housed in a charming Colonial Revival building, one of several on campus designed by William Mitchell Kendall of the legendary New York firm McKim, Mead and White. ...more...

Middlebury College Museum of Art

Middlebury College Museum of Art (Middlebury, VT)

Middlebury College’s Museum of Art is compact and well-appointed, which is fitting given Middlebury’s status as one of the “Little Ivies.” The museum’s several thousand piece collection ranges from the fourth millennium BCE to the present and runs the gamut of media, with particular strength in 20th Century prints and photographs; notable also are the various works – chiefly sculpture – that dot the campus, including Robert Indiana’s iconic square …more…

Shelburne Museum

Shelburne Museum

The Shelburne is easily one of the country’s most unique and thematically diverse museums; it’s more like a theme park, in fact, than a typical museum. Founded in 1947 by Electra Havemeyer Webb and fueled by her private art collection, the Shelburne grew remarkably quickly; its collection is now over 150,000 pieces strong and features Impressionist paintings, furniture, quilts, textiles, and, especially, American folk art.

What’s particularly interesting about the …more…

St Johnsbury Athenaeum

St. Johnsbury Athenaeum (St. Johnsbury, VT)

The St. Johnsbury Athenaeum is a private, nonprofit public library and art gallery located in St. Johnsbury, Vermont. Built as a public library and presented to the town of St. Johnsbury in 1871 by Horace Fairbanks, a small art gallery was added to the facility two years later. Now the oldest art gallery still in its original form in the United States, the Athenaeum was designated a National Historic Landmark …more…

Theater

Lost Nation Theater

Lost Nation Theater

Lost Nation Theater Information
Public Transportation: Good (a short walk from CCTA bus 86, and GMTA buses 80, 82, 83, 84, and 89 at Main Street/Barre Street)
Handicapped Accessibility: Good
Performances/Programs: 6 mainstage shows per season with multiple performances of each, plus several showcases and special events in addition to Kids shows and the annual Winterfest
Ticket Prices: $15–$30 depending on date selected
Subscriptions: 6-show subscriptions are $80–$165 ($165 – reserved center section seating; $135 …more…

Saint Michael's Playhouse

Saint Michael’s Playhouse

Saint Michael’s Playhouse Information

Public Transportation: Good (a short walk from CCTA bus 2 at College Pkwy/Lime Kiln Road)
Handicapped Accessibility: Good
Performances/Programs: 4 mainstage shows and 2 children’s theater shows per season with multiple performances of each
Ticket Prices: Mainstage shows – Adults: $32.50 for matinee, $35.50 for evening; Senior/Student $29.50 for matinee, $38.50 for evening. Children’s theater tickets are $9.50
Subscriptions: Subscribers receive a 20% discount on tickets (4-show evening $132; 4-show …more…

Vermont Stage Company

Vermont Stage Company

Vermont Stage Company Information

Public Transportation: Excellent (within a 5-minute walk from several CCTA buses in the Downtown area)
Handicapped Accessibility: Good
Performances/Programs: 4–5 per season with multiple performances of each
Ticket Prices: Wednesday evenings and Saturday and Sunday matinees $26; Thursday–Saturday evenings $31.50. $10 walk-up tickets are available for all Saturday matinees. Students and AARP members receive a 10% discount
Group Discounts: Groups of 10 or more receive discounted tickets
Subscriptions: $79–$119 depending on …more…

Classical Music

Bella Voce Women’s Chorus of Vermont

Bella Voce – Women’s Chorus of Vermont

Founded in 2004, this 45-member women’s vocal ensemble performs sacred and secular music alike, having performed the works of Gustav Holst, Benjamin Britten, John Rutter, and Pablo Casals, among many others. The chorus has also worked closely with contemporary composers Robert De Cormier, Michel Hopkins, Gwyneth Walker, and David Feurzeig, including several commissions. Bella Voce also collaborates with a Vermont high school women’s choir, Kaleidoscope.

Bella Voce’s Mentoring Program—which includes a …more…

Burlington Chamber Orchestra

Burlington Chamber Orchestra

This professional community orchestra began in 2007 in order to enhance the overall cultural experience of Burlington and nearby Vermont communities. The ensemble performs the works of such mainstays as Corelli, Handel, Mozart, and Grieg, as well lesser known composers like Heinrich Franz Biber, Francesco Geminiani, and Joosef Suk. The Burlington Chamber Orchestra also hosts the Young Artist Solo Competition for Vermont students 18 and younger. (DK)

Burlington Chamber Orchestra Information

Public …more…

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

The historic Vermont Symphony Orchestra (VSO) was initiated in 1934 as a statewide effort dedicated to performing in towns throughout Vermont, no matter how remote.  Now the oldest state-funded orchestra in the country, the ensemble still continues its focus on regional outreach.

The VSO’s well-rounded assemblage of programs includes a “Sunday Matinee Series” in Rutland and the “Summer Festival Tour” with stops at towns such as Manchester, Shelburne, and Randolph, in …more…

Opera

greenmountain

Green Mountain Opera Festival (Barre, VT)

(July) Located in Vermont’s Mad River Valley, this June festival offers free open rehearsals and master classes leading up to two fully staged productions of classic operas from Mozart, Bizet, Donizetti, and others. Singers under the age of 32 are invited to audition for the Emerging Artists Program. ...more...

Jazz

DiscoverJazzFest_Burlington_Jazz

Burlington Discover Jazz Festival (Burlington, VT)

(June 1-12, 2012) In 1983, the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival gave a voice to the burgeoning jazz community that had begun to take root in the picturesque town. Today, more than a quarter-century later, the festival has a long roster of artists who have graced its stage. Past headliners include Bela Fleck, Dave Brubeck, Ella Fitzgerald, Madeleine Peyroux and Ornette Coleman. ...more...

Venues

Flynn Center for the Performing Arts

Flynn Center for the Performing Arts

The Flynn, in various guises, has been a major presence on the Burlington performing arts scene since it began as a vaudeville house in 1930. It was a single-screen movie theater in the middle years of the century, and was saved from the fate of so many other grand old movie houses (conversion or demolition) by Merrill Theatres president Merrill Jarvis in 1972, who bought the place, installed a moveable …more…