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Brattleboro Camerata Welcomes Spring April 21 at the BMC
The Brattleboro Camerata presents “Make it a Place of Springs” Sunday, April 21, at the Brattleboro Music Center. This 4 p.m. concert will feature Renaissance-era and modern music exploring nature and the natural world.

“Our spring program is all about nature, with pieces on swans, crickets, deer, seasons, flowers, trees, fleas, bees, and blue birds,” says Musical Director Jonathan Harvey. “We’re singing in English, Latin, Italian, and French, to music from the Renaissance era as well as the 20th and 21st centuries.

Harvey explains the program’s title, “Make it a Place of Springs” is a line taken from a piece by recent Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw called “and the swallow,” written in 2017. The piece is a setting of Psalm 84, and Shaw has said she was inspired by two humanitarian crises: the Syrian civil war, and the southern border of the United States. “The text speaks to a yearning for home, and the title line references the idea that in creating a new home while on a journey, sometimes one can take a desolate place and ‘make it a place of springs,’” says Harvey. “Our concert has several other pieces that reference water springs, and since this is a springtime concert, it feels like the right name!”

Music Appreciation Salons Continue April 25
Moby Pearson — violinist, ensemble coach, and orchestra conductor — invites music lovers to enjoy a vast array of musical treats. Be prepared to pick up new musical perspectives along the way. All offerings will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the BMC. The suggested donation is $25 per session.

On Thursday, April 25, the focus is on Robert Schumann. No other composer was as much a pure romantic as Robert Schumann, a former law student from Leipzig. In the age of Mendelssohn, Chopin, and Berlioz, Schumann’s style stood out for its yearning and pure passion.  For him, composing was a world of fantasy and dreams. To that end, and in a tragically shortened life, he produced a remarkable number of works in all musical genres.

Please call 802.257.4523 or email info@bmcvt.org to register.

 

Final Performance by the Blanche Moyse Chorale April 28
Sunday, April 28, marks the final performance by the Blanche Moyse Chorale. The 4 p.m. concert at the Brattleboro Music Center will include two works by J.S. Bach: the familiar motet “Jesu, meine Freude” and Cantata BWV 23 (“Du wahre Gott und Davids Sohn), as well as the lovely “Musikalische Exquien” by Heinrich Schütz, the first known requiem in German.  The Chorale will be led by conductor Mark Nelson.

This concert will be the last time that this group of singers performs as the Blanche Moyse Chorale, and it will serve as an important moment to honor the ensemble for more than 45 years of uplifting and moving performances.  For many, singing in the Blanche Moyse Chorale, or attending their beautiful concerts, stand out as beloved life memories.

The Chorale will be accompanied by an ensemble including: Kathy Andrew, Colleen Jennings, Sarah Briggs, Michelle Liechti, violins; Greg Diehl, Stephanie Railsback, violas; Judith Serkin, cello; Paul Horak, bass; Aaron Lakota, Chris Rhua, oboe; and Greg Hayes, organ.

The afternoon will conclude with a festive reception, where both past and present Chorale members will have the opportunity to share memories and to remember voices from the past. There will be a slide show, and perhaps even some singing. The BMC is collecting photographs for the slide show. If you have some to share, please send them to the BMC either by email to info@bmcvt.org, or by regular mail.

Everyone is strongly encouraged to purchase tickets in advance as this concert is expected to sell out.

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:
Crager Boardman, Lisa Cox, Walter Cramer, Cathie Creed, Rebecca Curzon, Becky Day, Paul Dedell, Bill Dixon, Kim Effron, Phil Feidelseit, Bill Gottesman, Oliver Greene-Cramer, Rebecca Greene-Cramer, Freddie Hart, Kimi Hasegawa, Cal Heile, Richard Henke, Frances Herbert, Jon Joyce, Susan Kunhardt Lerna, Joe Madison, Joanne McLellan, Helen Merena, Raquel Moreno, Kris Outwater, Jon Potter, Antje Ruppert, Betsy Whittaker and Louise Zak

The Brattleboro Music Center

72 Blanche Moyse Way
Brattleboro, VT  05301

(802) 257-4523

info@bmcvt.org

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