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Music & Art at Stone Church Arts

On Sunday, November 1 at 2 p.m. there will be a Icons - Heaven on Earth, talk by Christine Hales at the Stone Church on Church Street in Bellows Falls.

Icons are paintings on wood panels which replicate the early painting style of the Byzantine period of art. They are fascinating in the depth and luminosity of color which is achieved by using egg tempera and gold leaf.

Hales will be speaking at the Chapel Gallery. She will give a demonstration of these ancient painting skills as well as a guided tour of the current exhibition of her icons. Come and see how icons are a way of bringing heaven to earth!

Greg Squared's Ansambl Mastika will be performing an evening of its original Balkan music for the Fall performing arts series at the Stone Church on Saturday, November 7 at 7:30 p.m.

With song styles ranging from the heart-wrenching clarinet 'miroloi' of northern Greece to the funkier chocheci of the Serbian and Macedonian Roma (gypsies); from the oriental mystery of Turkish and Middle Eastern chalgi ensembles to the driving power of Bulgarian wedding bands and Klezmer kapelye, Ansambl Mastika's music is rooted in the myriad styles of Eastern Europe, the Mediterranean basin and the Middle East.

"We blend these tumultuous and irresistible sounds with the spontaneity and global sensibility of downtown jazz musicians," said Squared, "in an approach we like to call the 'New Balkan Uproar.'"

Since 2006, Ansambl Mastika's joyful synthesis of such traditional influences has captivated audiences from the dance floor to the concert hall to the festival stage.

Tickets are $15/$10 for seniors and children in advance, $18/$12 at the door.

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