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EOS Project Explores Tranquility and Peace Through Music in “Serenity” May 28
The EOS Project presents “Serenity,” featuring Robin Matathias, flute; Kathy Andrew, violin; Ashleigh Gordon, viola; Julie Carew, cello; Susan Dedell, piano; and Junko Watanabe, soprano. The concert is set for Saturday, May 28, at 7 p.m. at the BMC.

“Serenity” will explore tranquility and peace through music, color, imagery and spoken word. The program includes Coleridge Taylor-Perkinson’s String Trio; Adolphus Hailstork’s Sanctum; William Grant Still’s “The Quiet One” from Lyric Quartet; Carlos Simon’s Piano Trio; and Zenobia Powell Perry’s The Hidden Words.

The EOS (Educate. Open. Strengthen.) Project is a direct response to questions about social justice as it pertains to the world of classical music and institutions such as the BMC. Developed and led by BMC faculty member Heather Sommerlad, EOS is envisioned as a collaborative effort by BMC Music School faculty and other local musicians to actively seek out and intentionally study and perform music by composers who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, as well as composers who identify as anything other than cis male. The EOS Project accepts that as our country reckons with its history of oppression, we as individuals must work to understand our own implicit biases. In the music world, bias can be seen in concert halls, both on stage and in the music performed.

Enjoy Our Listening Lounges!
Our Artist in Residence Ashleigh Gordon hosts “Listening Lounges,” informal sessions that are guided tours of lesser heard BIPOC composers and works relating to a specific theme. Each Lounge is built around a playlist that is shared and discussed, with Ashleigh as your guide. Sessions are held in the BMC Recital Hall and are free and open to the public. Please call 802-257-4523 to reserve your seat. Upcoming topics are African composers Wednesday, May 25, from 2-3 p.m. and Afro-Latino composers Friday, May 27, from 4-5 p.m. You can access the playlists of previous sessions: Art Songs and Spirituals, Chamber Music, and Orchestral.

BMC Season Guest Program Offers Palaver Strings “Ready or Not” CD Release Concert June 2
Palaver String’s latest album, Ready or Not, is in the spotlight in a special concert Thursday, June 2, at 7 p.m.

The CD celebrates the groundbreaking visions of female composers from the renaissance to the present day. Joined by mezzo-soprano Sophie Michaux, Palaver will perform selections by Grazyna Bacewicz, Akenya Seymour, Elizabeth Moore, Barbara Strozzi, Connie Converse, Rebecca Clarke, Florence Price, and Nadia Boulanger.

We’re making music – join us!
Interested in lessons, or joining an ensemble?  Give us a call to learn about lessons available on a wide variety of instruments at all levels. There are both online and in person options – please call if you have questions!  All in person lessons and classes will be following our general safety protocols.

The Brattleboro Music Center is supported in part by the Vermont Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

BMC Bravo Society

The Brattleboro Music Center relies on volunteers in the community who give generously of their time. We are pleased to honor the following for their help in recent months:
Orion Barber, Bill Callahan, Tim Callahan, Deniz Cordell, Andy Davis, September Edaugal, Phil Feidelseit, Bill Gottesman, Lerna Gottesman, Desi Grace, Lynn Herzog, Kate John, Jon Joyce, Susan Boyd Joyce, Jenn Karstad, Mitike Lyons, Sheila Magnuson, Ellen Martyn, Helen Merena, Kristin Outwater, Greg Scharfen and Dave Snyder.

The Brattleboro Music Center

72 Blanche Moyse Way
Brattleboro, VT  05301

(802) 257-4523

info@bmcvt.org

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