The TD Bank Celebration Series, presented by the Barre Opera House, celebrates its 34th anniversary this year and, building upon the success of past seasons, organizers have assembled another stellar lineup.

Leading off on October 1 at 2:30 p.m. is Soovin Kim and Gloria Chen. The artists are members of the prestigious Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society Two. Chien is founder and artistic director of Chattanooga’s String Theory at the Hunter and Director of the Chamber Music Institute at the Music@Menlo Festival in California. Kim is first prize winner of the International Paganinni violin competition. He is also first violinist of the Johannes String Quartet and a faculty member at the New England Conservatory. Closer to home, Kim was a founder of the Lake Champlain Chamber Festival and he and Chien are currently the festival’s artistic directors.

Next, on October 20 at 8 p.m. is Pilobolus. The dance company is committed to constantly making things, always creating collaboratively, and continually exploring new ways of using the human body as a graphic and expressive medium. Pilobolus has been frequently featured on U.S. Television on The 79th Annual Academy Awards Broadcast, 60 Minutes, Sesame Street, Oprah, Ellen, Late Night with Conan O’ Brien, and The Today Show. Pilobolus has earned many honors, including a Scripps Award in 2000, a Dance Magazine Award in 2010, a TED Fellowship, a 2012 Grammy® Award Nomination, and several Cannes Lion Awards at the International Festival of Creativity. In 2015, Pilobolus was named one of the Dance Heritage Coalition’s “Irreplaceable Dance Treasures.” Pilobolus will also offer a student matinee at 10 a.m., earlier that day.

One of the country’s pre-eminent singer/songwriters, Rosanne Cash has released 15 albums of extraordinary songs that have earned four GRAMMY Awards and nominations for 11 more, as well as 21 top-40 hits, including 11 No. 1 singles. She is also an author whose four books include the best-selling memoir Composed, which the Chicago Tribune called “one of the best accounts of an American life you’ll likely ever read.” Cash’s landmark 2009 album, “The List,” won the Americana Music Album of the Year award. Her latest release, “The River and the Thread,” a collaboration with husband/co-writer/producer and arranger John Leventhal, received impressive worldwide acclaim and attained the highest debut in the Billboard charts of any of her previous albums. It received 3 Grammy Awards in 2015. Rosanne Cash visits the Opera House on November 11 for a 7:30 show.

A week later, on November 18 at 7:30, it’s one of Ireland’s best-known musicians, button accordionist and fiddler Sharon Shannon, and her band. Shannon was born and raised in rural County Clare, a member of a family that all play traditional Irish music. She’s recorded and toured with a who's who of the Irish and Global Music Industry, including Bono, Adam Clayton, Sinead O’Connor, Jackson Browne, John Prine, Steve Earle, The RTE Concert Orchestra, The Chieftains, The Waterboys, Willie Nelson, Nigel Kennedy, Alison Krauss and Shane MacGowan. The genre-defying star has had multi-platinum album sales and has had several number one albums, singles and DVDs in her home country. Her album Galway Girl went 4 times platinum in Ireland with the title track winning her the Meteor (Irish Grammy) award two years running for the most downloaded song. She's also the youngest recipient of the Meteor Lifetime Achievement Award. Sharon is joined by band members Jim Murray (guitar), Sean Regan (fiddle) and Jack Maher (guitar) for this American tour.

Equally well-regarded in the indie rock and alt-country worlds, Neko Case has built a career, solo and as a member of The New Pornographers, defined by both strong will and musical versatility. Her chief attribute is her astonishing, siren-like voice, which she applies to songs that are simultaneously rugged and heartbreaking. Her “Middle Cyclone,” was nominated for Best Contemporary Folk Album at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards in 2010. Now a Vermont native, she rarely performs in her adopted state. Her Celebration Series performance is on January 13 at 7:30 p.m.

The group The World Music Network calls "the leading exponents of Quebec’s culture” return to the BOH on February 3 at 7:30 p.m. Le Vent du Nord knows how to turn the lost past into intense and beautiful performances. Considered a driving force in progressive folk, the quartet captures the energy and mirth of a Saturday night kitchen party, infusing old Québec with a breath of fresh, cosmopolitan air. Says The Living Tradition," Le Vent du Nord are still going from strength to strength - impeccable musicianship, vocals and arrangements … some of the best modern Québécois music about." The quartet has performed well over 1,600 concerts, racking up several prestigious awards along the way, including a Grand Prix du Disque Charles Cros, two Junos (Canada’s Grammys), a Canadian Folk Music Award, and 'Artist of the Year' at the North American Folk Alliance Annual Gala.

The series concludes on March 28 at 7:30 p.m. with the world’s preeminent Queen tribute act. One Night of Queen with Gary Mullen and the Works recreates the look, sound, pomp and showmanship of arguably the greatest rock band of all time. It’s a spectacular live show that is guaranteed to rock you! One Night of Queen has been offering such hits as “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Somebody to Love,” “We Are the Champions,” and “Killer Queen” to sell-out audiences throughout the UK, the U.S., Europe, South Africa and New Zealand for the last decade, drawing crowds as large as 40,000 along the way.

The Opera House presents additional shows through its “BOH Presents” series. Scheduled so far for this season are:

10/13/17: Sam Bush – the legendary “King of Newgrass,” winner of the Americana Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award, a suite of Grammys and International Bluegrass Music Association trophies, returns with his band by popular demand.

3/10/18: Skipper’s Alley - Skipper’s Alley are a modern Irish folk band with an old-school approach. They have been described as "a young Irish ensemble who look like a punk band and sound like The Chieftains,” Skipper’s Alley specialize in gritty, high-octane Irish dance tunes on Uilleann Pipes, Whistles, Fiddle, Bodhrán, Bouzouki, Flute and Harp, with forays into the rich Irish song tradition.

3/18/18: No Strings Marionettes present Nick of Time, a tale of time travelers heroically saving the world.

3/30/18: Red Molly – the Americana powerhouse trio is known for their gorgeous harmonies, infectious songwriting, and captivating stage presence.

4/22/18 – Simon and Garfunkel Through the Years – called “One of the greatest tribute shows anywhere in the world” by the BBC, the British duo Bookends is filling houses on both sides of the Atlantic.

Tickets to this season’s shows will be available to BOH members on Monday, August 14 and to the general public a week later on August 21. Call the Barre Opera House box office at 802-476-8188 or order online at www.barreoperahouse.org. Those wishing to come in person can stop by the box office Tuesday – Friday, noon to 5:30 and Saturday 9 a.m. to noon. Special discounts are available to Opera House members, students, seniors, and people with disabilities.

The Opera House is located at 6 North Main Street (City Hall) in Barre, Vermont.

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