Jun 27

New York Players: Castleton Summer Concerts

The New York Players have been performing for over ten years, captivating audiences from all over the New England area in more than 500 private parties, galas, fundraisers and concert series. The Capital District’s premier band is highly acclaimed for their non-stop energy, enthusiasm and their sterling reputation with Albany, Saratoga and New England Wedding Professionals.

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Jul 11

Marble City Swing Band: Castleton Summer Concerts

Known as one of the areas most danceable swing band, this 18-piece outfit will deliver all the standards of the swing and big band eras, including a special Glenn Miller set, featuring arrangements by the legendary bandleader.

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Jul 18

Studio Two: Castleton Summer Concerts

Hailed as New England’s Best Beatles Tribute Band by the British Beer Company, Beatles Tribute Band, Studio Two, continues its tour in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Beatles coming to America. By recreating the Fab Four’s music, appearance, instruments, and onstage banter, Studio Two performs your most favorite hits that will bring people to the dance floor.

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Jul 25

Twangbusters: Castleton Summer Concerts

Guaranteed to make listeners move their feet, this danceable blend of American boogie, blues, and bop has been playing together since 2011. The four-member, high-energy band is led by Paula Bradley on lead locals. The Twangbusters deliver danceable retro-twang juke joint rhythms to every show with their frequent musical guests. By mixing the best of honkytonk, barrelhouse and jump blues into their potent musical cocktail, this show will have the Castleton Pavilion “shaken and stirred.”

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Aug 01

Snake Mountain Bluegrass: Castleton Summer Concerts

Based out of Middlebury, Vermont the bluegrass group has been performing for the last 25 years. Middlebury College professor Gregg Humphrey and Middlebury construction company owner Mike Connor founded the band. The two of them were living near Snake Mountain and someone asked them what style of bluegrass they played. “Snake Mountain Bluegrass,” was their immediate response and the name has been theirs ever since.

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Aug 08

The Grift: Castleton Summer Concerts

Based out of the Champlain Valley of Vermont, the Grift is a popular club, wedding, and event-based band. Their sound defies easy categorization, blending booty-shaking grooves and improvisation with radio-friendly hooks, witty lyrics, and tight vocal harmonies. The Grift was formed by two Middlebury College grads Clint Bierman and Jeff Vallone in 1999, and since then has performed over 2,300 shows in 25 states and four countries.

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Aug 15

Satin & Steel: Castleton Summer Concerts

Satin & Steel has become known as one of Rutland’s hottest horn bands, featuring a five-piece horn section and performing classic soul, Motown and R&B music. Originally formed in 1971 by a group of high school friends, the Rutland City band has rocked Vermont for over 20 years. Satin & Steel are the last to hit the stage of the 2017 season. Castleton Summer Concerts at the Pavilion features a premier lineup of local bands that are set to take center stage all summer long.

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Welcome to Castleton Arts!

Community. Engagement. Transformation.

These three words summarize the ongoing efforts of Castleton University’s arts programs as we continue to expand our offerings, diversify our audiences, and invite conversation from the rich tapestry of our community. Through the production of plays, musicals, concerts, and exhibitions by our three outstanding academic departments, the presentation of some of the world’s finest artists and speakers through Castleton’s renowned Soundings general education program, and our collaboration with outside partners such as Rutland’s Paramount Theatre, we are in the process of creating something very special in our corner of New England.

Indeed, the arts are thriving in Spartan Nation. Academically, our departments of Art, Music, and Theater Arts continue to educate and train artists, arts leaders, and educators of tomorrow with recent graduates securing positions in schools throughout the region and undertaking professional careers in epicenters of arts & culture such as New York City, Boston, and as far afield as Colorado and California. Additionally, this summer we launched a Master’s degree program in arts administration, unique in its approach of offering students the opportunity to complete an entire graduate degree in one calendar year while spending time on the Castleton campus, taking online coursework, and affecting meaningful change in significant arts organizations through an executive internship. Again, our students are making their marks far and wide—from Arizona to the Carolinas to the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont.

As we grow, we are reminded constantly of our obligations to our community—that is, that the arts are virtually useless unless the experience of them is shared. To this end, we are proud to offer a diverse lineup of events this year that will thrill, challenge, and cause our audiences to consider not only the role of the arts in our society, but also the role of the society itself. As our region grapples with how (and whether) to accommodate the resettlement of refugee families in our communities, Castleton Arts will present a number of arts events designed to encourage education, conversation, and compassion in our approach to these issues. Our ongoing and unparalleled collaboration with the Paramount Theatre, Project 240: Celebrating the American Experience, offers opportunities to engage fully with the important election of 2016 while elevating the public discourse around American politics. Simply put, we believe in the power of the arts to bring people together, to stimulate our senses and minds, and to encourage positive social and personal transformation.

Perhaps the only aspect of our arts programming more remarkable than the performances and exhibitions themselves is their affordability. Tickets that would cost upwards of $75 in other area venues will only set our patrons back $18 at the maximum, and most of our event admissions are even less. Moreover, you can purchase season tickets—these get you admission to over $450 of events for only $109 for adults and $89 for faculty, staff, students, and seniors. Stop by the Castleton Box Office in the Fine Arts Center, online 24/7, or call (802) 468-1119 to reserve your season tickets now!

I hope you will join us on this journey and support the arts at Castleton. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at to share your thoughts and responses. We look forward to seeing you—now on with the show!

Richard Cowden
Director of the Arts

Upcoming at the Casella

Jun 23

Gather at the River Choral Festival Conference Concert

The Gather at the River Choral Festival Conference Concert will feature the Brahms Liebeslieder Walzes and other works. The conference concert is directed by Chris Kiver of Penn State University, Sandra Howard of Keene State, Jeff Buettner of Middlebury College and David Fryling of Hofstra University. This event is free and open to the public.

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Jun 27

New York Players: Castleton Summer Concerts

The New York Players have been performing for over ten years, captivating audiences from all over the New England area in more than 500 private parties…