What’s New at the BMC?
Sarasa Ensemble Presents Music for 3 Cellos Sept. 20
The Sarasa Ensemble’s opening program for the 2019-20 concert season explores the profound depth of J.S. Bach’s solo cello suites alongside the great charm and tunefulness of Giacobbe Cervetto’s trios.
“Music for 3 Cellos: Bach and Cervetto” is set for Friday, Sept. 20, at 7:30 p.m. at the BMC. Tickets are $40 preferred seating, $20 general admission.
The program includes J.S. Bach’s Suite No. 2 in D minor, Suite No. 1 in G major, and Suite No. 3 in C major, all for solo cello; and Cervetto’s Trio II in B-flat major Allegro, Trio IV in C major Vivace, and Trio VI in C minor Adagio — Alla breve — Minuetto I & II. Performers are Timothy Merton, Jennifer Morsches, and Phoebe Carrai.
Check out our African & Caribbean Drumming Classes, Beginning Sept. 24
The Brattleboro Music Center offers classes in African and Caribbean drumming for beginners and intermediate instruction beginning Sept. 24. Instructor Steve Leicach will teach classes Tuesday evenings, beginning Sept. 24 through Nov. 19. A beginner’s class is offered from 6 to 7 p.m. An intermediate class will be held from 7:30 to 9 p.m. The cost of the course is $135.
Students will experience the joy of drumming through African, Afro-Caribbean, and Brazilian percussion music, learning drumming technique, traditional ensemble rhythms, and how to create rhythms in a supportive class environment. From the rites of passage music of Ghana to hypnotic trance rhythms from Haiti, students will experience the transcendent power of drumming to both energize and relax, and facilitate well-being.
No prior experience is necessary. Conga drums, djembe drums, and other percussion instruments will be provided. To register, call 802-257-4523, register online, or stop by the Center at 72 Blanche Moyse Way.
Vermont Symphony Performs at the BMC Sept. 27
The Vermont Symphony’s ‘Made in Vermont’ chamber orchestra statewide tour continues Friday, Sept. 27, with a 7:30 p.m. concert at the Brattleboro Music Center.
The visit is especially meaningful to the BMC because of VSO Conductor Jaime Laredo’s role, with his wife, Sharon Robinson as the BMC Artistic Advisers.
The program features Ifetayo Ali-Landing, a teenage cellist from the Sphinx Program, playing Haydn’s famous C Major Concerto. She began her musical studies on the violin and switched to cello at the age of 4. Her teachers and coaches have included Lucinda Ali-Landing, Megan Lauterbach, and Martine Benmann at the Hyde Park Suzuki Institute in Chicago, as well as Tahirah Whittington, Oleksa Mycyk, and Hans Jørgen Jensen.
The VSO’s principal flutist, Melissa Mielens, will perform the Flute Concerto No. 2 by Francois Devienne. She has been hailed in reviews for her “eloquence,” and “ethereal flute lines.” The program also will include Bartόk’s Romanian Folk Dances and the world premiere commission by Matthew Evan Taylor, The Greatest Night, as the VSO’s collaboration with the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival continues. The work will be paired with a screening of a new film by Jeremy Lee MacKenzie.
Final ‘Music Under the Stars’ Series Features the Windham Orchestra in a Free Concert Sept. 28
The BMC and Retreat Farm “Music Under the Stars” concert series concludes Saturday, Sept. 28, with a family-friendly performance by the Windham Orchestra. To make this event inclusive and accessible to the entire community, the BMC and Retreat Farm are pleased to announce that the event will now be free. Donations at the gate to help offset expenses are greatly appreciated.
The concert will celebrate the fall equinox. Says Musical Director Hugh Keelan, “We are delighted to offer the community an outdoor concert under the equinoctial heaven. This concert will be fun and transporting, and we are grateful to the BMC and Retreat Farm for this celestially blessed collaboration.”
The program will include works by Borodin, Grofé, Haydn and Beethoven, as well as a world-famous march written in Bellows Falls, VT. “This music will provide delight, delicacy and some drama,” adds Keelan. “Our goal is to give our audience ease and joy, transport the soul, and recognize our place in the sublime cosmos.”
Series sponsors are Against the Grain Gourmet and Vermont State Employee Credit Union (VSECU). Gates open at 4:30 p.m. and the concert begins at 5:30 p.m. Accessible parking is available.
Concertgoers are free to set up lawn chairs on the beautiful green at Farmhouse Square. Attendees can dine on local food truck fare and maple creemees from the Farm Shop, or bring their own picnic dinner. Due to alcohol regulations, BYOB is not permitted. A selection of Vermont craft beer, hard cider, and wine is available for purchase at The Thirsty Goat, Retreat Farm’s pop-up bar.
BMC’s Popular ‘Singing Strong’ Program for Older Singers Resumes Oct. 1
Our popular ‘Singing Strong’ program for older singers resumes Tuesday, Oct. 1. Sessions are held Tuesdays, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. though Nov. 12. The cost is $85 for seven weeks. No auditions, requirements, or performances are required. ‘Singing Strong’ is for people who want to have fun and learn more about their voice along the way.
Susan Dedell will lead a joyful hour of singing songs chosen from a variety of musical styles, including jazz standards, Broadway musicals, spirituals, folk songs, rounds, and more. Vocal exercises and tips will help participants keep and expand their range, enhance tone, and increase strength. Participants will learn about the background of the songs, taken from a collection currently numbering almost 200 pieces of music selected by Dedell. “We call it ‘Singing Strong’ because singing — especially in a group — boosts your immune system, improves heart health, improves circulation, and best of all, makes you happier. So come and raise your voice and join the fun,” says Dedell.
To register, contact the BMC at 802-257-4523, visit the website at www.bmcvt.org or stop by the Center at 72 Blanche Moyse Way.