august, 2020

28aug5:00 pm8:00 pmMusic Under the Stars Drive-In Experience5:00 pm - 8:00 pm Retreat Farm

Event Details

Join us under Vermont skies for a drive-in concert experience at the base of the iconic Harris Hill Ski Jump. Bring a blanket, lawn chair, and picnic to enjoy as the music envelops you.

Reserved tickets will be available NOW. Each ticket includes access for one car and includes two parking spaces: one for your car, and one for your group to enjoy the concert from.

Tickets are free but reservations are required. A suggested donation of $20 per car is welcome.

Friday, August 28th: BMC Pops Concert @ 6pm

Saturday, August 29th: VJC Seven with Wanda Houston @ 6pm

This concert series is presented by Retreat Farm and the Brattleboro Music Center.

BMC Pops Orchestra players are top-flight professional musicians from Brattleboro and the surrounding area. Audiences will recognize musicians from Juno Orchestra, Vermont Symphony, Springfield Symphony, the BMC faculty, and area college faculties.

Zon Eastes, music director has conducted orchestras on both coasts, and directed the Windham Orchestra for over twenty years. He has taught cello and coached chamber music at Amherst, Dartmouth, and Keene State colleges as well as at the Brattleboro Music Center. Eastes has performed as chamber musician and festival participant across North America, in Europe and China. A committed arts and creativity advocate, he worked at the Vermont Arts Council for six years, and also served as lead staffer for the Brattleboro Music Center and the Bainbridge Island Arts and Humanities Council (WA).


The VJC 7, featuring Wanda Houston, is an octet made up of members of the 17-piece Vermont Jazz Center Big Band. It utilizes the “band within a band model” made popular by Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw: a large band pared down to a smaller group that focuses less on arrangements and more on improvisation. The front line of the VJC 7 is comprised of Rob Freeberg (trumpet), Michael Zsoldos (tenor and alto saxophones), Sherm Fox (baritone saxophone), and John Wheeler (trombone). The rhythm section is by Eugene Uman (piano), David Picchi (bass) and Steve Rice (drums).

The featured vocalist is Wanda Houston, who has led an active career as an actress, performing on the grand stages of Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Broadway; she toured Europe as the wicked stepsister in “Sisterella” (for which NAACP awarded her “Best Supporting Actress in a Musical”) and has held lead roles in “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” “Hello Dolly” and “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.” She has shared the stage with Oleta Adams, Patti Austin, Eartha Kitt, Liza Minelli, Pattie Labelle, Joe Cocker, Celine Dion and Barbara Streisand.


(Friday) 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Retreat Farm

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