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News from our friends at the Yellow Barn in Putney.  Act quickly!


Yellow Barn is thrilled to welcome our Writer-in-residence Stanley Corngold with a special promotion for literary enthusiasts:  Any book club or library member will receive 50% off at all concerts between July 30 and August 3rd.  

Stanley Corngold is a Professor Emeritus of German and Comparative Literature at Princeton and will spend the week immersed in the Yellow Barn community.  During his time, Stanley will write two posts for Yellow Barn’s blog about the rehearsals and preparations for our matinee and finale concerts on August 4.  Specifically, he will post about Schoenberg’s adaptation of Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde,  which will be featured during the finale concert at 8:00 pm and Korngold’s String Quartet No 3 in D Major, which will be performed during Yellow Barn’s annual matinee concert at 12:30.  More information about Stanley can be found in his bio on Princeton University’s website.

Additionally, composer Brett Dean, one of the most internationally performed composers of his generation, will be joining Yellow Barn for the week of July 30.  His week at Yellow Barn will feature performances of ten of his compositions, including the interspersing of his Short Stories: Five Interludes for string orchestra, between movements of Webern’s Six Bagatelles for string quartet. In addition to his compositional activities, Brett Dean has a distinguished career as a violist, including a former principal violist position with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. During the Composer Portrait on Monday and the Season Finale on Saturday, Dean will join Yellow Barn musicians in performing his own compositions. 

To redeem this offer, please call (802) 387-6637 and give us the name of your literary affiliation.

pink high upsMy idea of heaven? Lying in the sun, chewing gum, with a juicy magazine while listening to music!

So let’s talk about music…You should basically have music on all summer, so I want to help you with some good sources. Now, my brother’s in a band so, I am REALLY into musicians’ rights, copyright, bleedi-blotti….all these sources are legit.

This library has a lot of books ABOUT music…Jazz, Country, Classical, even Punk! In general you’ll find them in the 780’s (that’s Dewey talking). I like to flip through The Rolling Stones : A Life on the Road for the pictures…and of course, Rolling Stone magazine!

The CD collection has some gems in the rough.  No comment on the tapes… The other day I discovered that my favorite CD in the collection by The Devil Makes Three went missing.  I immediately exercised my patron rights and requested the CD be purchased, AGAIN!  Request CDs by all means – share your musical taste with the world, or at least Brattleboro. All you have to do is fill out a small green form at the main desk or send an email from the library website.

I am a bit of an alterna-chick so, I like to head to for album reviews, band information, and video links. If you are more Top 40,  then is your home for what’s hot and what’s not.

As far as listening to the jams, there are three sites I am particularly into…These are great for listening to songs and creating playlists in a wide range of genres.

The last site is particularly fun because it helps introduce you to new music based on the music you like.

I can’t end this post without mentioning that the great internet movie theatre is also a great place to not only listen but watch those rock and roll stars…




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