ST. JOHNSBURY – The “KCP Presents” performing arts series is back with a 16-show season for 2021-22. Featuring music, dance, theater, comedy, and acrobatics, the upcoming “KCP Presents” line-up will bring artists from all over the world to the Northeast Kingdom.
The 2021 half of the season includes Aoife O’Donovan, Dorrance Dance, Amythyst Kiah, Shake & Holla, Boston Brass, and Momix. The new year will bring Paula Poundstone, “Baldwin and Buckley at Cambridge” by the Obie-winning Elevator Service Repair Theater Company, the Polish Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra, A Tribute to Aretha Franklin, Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy, Peking Acrobats, Mardi Gras Mambo, The Queen’s Cartoonists, and Stile Antico.
The season opens Friday, Sept. 24, at Lyndon Institute with Grammy award-winning songwriter and musician Aoife O’Donovan. O’Donovan has released three solo albums, is co-founder of the bands I’m With Her and Crooked Still, is the featured vocalist on “The Goat Rodeo Sessions” with Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer, and Chris Thile, and spent a decade contributing to the radio variety shows “Live from Here” and “A Prairie Home Companion.”
On Tuesday, Oct. 5, Dorrance Dance performs at Lyndon Institute. Dorrance Dance explores movement and music through tap dancing. Founded in 2011 by artistic director and 2015 MacArthur Fellow Michelle Dorrance, the company shares the range that tap dance has to offer.
Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Amythyst Kiah will play NVU-Lyndon’s Alexander Twilight Theater on Saturday, Oct. 23. Kiah represents the alt-rock and the roots/old-time/country music scene, including as a member of Our Native Daughters with Rhiannon Giddens, Allison Russell and Leyla McCalla. Their performance of Kiah’s “Black Myself” earned a Grammy nomination for Best American Roots Song and won Song of the Year at the Folk Alliance International Awards.
On Tuesday, Nov. 2, Shake & Holla will bring Mississippi “hill country” blues and the sounds of New Orleans brass to St. Johnsbury Academy’s Fuller Hall. Touring together for the first time, the Grammy-nominated and Blues Music Award-winning North Mississippi All-Stars will be joined by the Rebirth Brass Band in a merging of two great southern musical traditions.
The Boston Brass will play a special holiday concert on Saturday, Dec. 4, in the Peacham Congregational Church in historic Peacham Village. The all-brass ensemble features trumpets, French horns, trombones, and tuba, and will perform holiday classics.
MOMIX celebrates its fortieth anniversary on Sunday, Dec. 5, at Lyndon Institute. Transporting audiences from everyday life to a fantasy world through trademark use of magical lighting and imagery, MOMIX has thrilled fans in over 22 countries and has been featured on stage, screen, and television. Artistic director and Lyndon Institute graduate Moses Pendleton combines dance, music, costumes, props, and talent to create a multimedia experience.The New Year brings an additional nine KCP Presents shows, beginning with two Paula Poundstone dates in January and ending with Stile Antico in April. To learn more about the entire 2021-22 KCP Presents Performance Series season, to buy season passes or show tickets, or to learn more about the KCP Presents COVID-19 safety policy, please visit catamountarts.org or kcppresents.org or call (802) 748-2600.