Each year, the Castleton University School of Fine and Performing Arts offers culturally, historically, and aesthetically significant events and performances as a part of the University's Soundings program. These events are designed to engage students, faculty, staff, and community members to expand their horizons and to promote broader cultural awareness through concerts, dance performances, films, lectures, workshops, and more. More information can be found on the Soundings calendar.
A sampling of events this season at Castleton University includes:
(Un)fractured, Sept. 8 - Based on the 2021 program by Vermont Public and hosted by Connor Cyrus, this event aims to identify what allyship means to Vermont and to the Castleton community and will provide an opportunity for open and honest dialogue. One panel will comprise BIPOC students and community members while the other comprises white students and community members who consider themselves allies to the BIPOC community. Free and open to the public.
Calliope Brass, Sept. 26 - Calliope Brass collaborates with industry-leading creatives across many specialties to build evocative, story-driven concert experiences for a wide variety of audiences. Inspired by the storytelling muse in Greek mythology, Calliope Brass is most known for its innovative approach, successfully expanding upon the traditional norm of recital-style performances. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors, faculty, staff, and alumni. Tickets can be purchased in advance by contacting the box office at (802) 468-1119 Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or at the door.
Puccini’s “Tosca”, Sept. 29 - BARN OPERA presents a performance of Puccini’s “Tosca”. Set in Rome at the time of Napoleon’s invasion of Italy, “Tosca” is a roller coaster story of love, lust, murder, and political intrigue. Carried on the wings of Puccini’s richly romantic score, “Tosca” is one of the world’s most-loved operas. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and alumni. Tickets can be reserved in advance by calling the Casella Box Office at (802) 468-1119 or purchased at the door.
Then Came Hope:Transforming Trauma Through Arts, Collaboration, and Activism, 11 - Artist, collaborator, and social activist Traci Molloy returns to Castleton to speak about trauma-informed education, the impacts of heightened anxiety, and the pandemic, and how to utilize artistic collaboration and activism as a tool for coping with trauma. This event is free and open to the public.
Sorting the News from the Chaff, Oct. 25 - Award-winning journalist and educator Mark Timney will present a discussion focusing on how to tell facts from assumptions, good sources from bad sources, and real news from “fake news.” Timney has worked across many industries, with over 30 years of professional media experience as a mass communicator and educator. This event is free and open to the public.
“Bring Her Home” film screening, Nov. 3 - “Bring Her Home” follows three Indigenous women; an artist, an activist, and a politician, as they fight to vindicate and honor their missing and murdered relatives who have fallen victim to a growing epidemic across Indian country. Despite the lasting effects of historical trauma, each woman must search for healing while navigating the racist systems that brought about this very crisis. This event is free and open to the public.
“Silent Sky”, Nov. 10-13 - “Silent Sky” follows the true story of Henrietta Leavitt. Henrietta begins working at the Harvard Observatory in the early 1900s, where she and her female peers are seen as no more than human calculators performing labor in “girl hours” for a renowned astronomer. In her free time, Henrietta tries to measure the light and distance of stars while maintaining the balance of her life on earth and obligations to her family. Henrietta’s life explores the enormous challenges of being a woman in a cutting-edge time of scientific discovery, held back by societal convention, and her belief that women and passion deserve respect in the scientific community. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students, alumni, staff, faculty, and seniors. Tickets can be reserved in advance by calling the Casella Box Office at (802) 468-1119 between 10:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. or purchased at the door.