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What’s on the program these days? We knew you’d ask!

“Music Under the Stars” Drive-In Concerts Coming August 28 and 29!

A throwback to the 1950’s, drive-in concerts are turning out to be this summer’s entertainment salvation. This phenomenon has been happening in big cities like Chicago and L.A. and now, in small towns like Brattleboro.

On August 28 and 29 the Brattleboro Music Center and Retreat Farm will present two live drive-in concerts for the community’s enjoyment, as part of their “Music Under the Stars” series that was so popular last summer and named one of Vermont’s Top Ten Summer Events.

On Friday evening, August 28 the BMC Pops Orchestra 2020 with conductor Zon Eastes will perform Mozart, Britten, Montgomery and Joplin. On Saturday evening, August 29, the VJC Seven will take the stage with jazz vocalist Wanda Houston. The rain date for both events is Sunday evening at 6pm.

Both concerts are free and everyone is welcome. A suggested donation of $20 per car is very much appreciated to help defray costs.

The events will take place on the Concert Stage at Harris Hill on Cedar Street in Brattleboro. Bring your lawn chairs and a picnic as you enjoy live music in a magical Vermont setting, safe and socially-distanced.  Gates open at 5pm and concerts begin at 6pm.

Advance reservations are required. You will be assigned a space for your vehicle as well as the adjacent space for outdoor seating!  No walk-ins will be allowed.

We hope to see you this summer for our “in your car” concerts!

Help Save a Life By Donating Blood – Friday, Sept 4 (12-5)
The Red Cross has an urgent need for blood donors of all blood types to give, especially now that COVID-19 is once again on the rise. Because we’re all in this together, the BMC is partnering with the American Red Cross by hosting monthly blood drives on our Brattleboro campus.

If you’re healthy and feeling well, please help prevent another blood shortage by scheduling your hour-long appointment at:  RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

The Red Cross follows the highest standards of safety and now is taking additional precautions, including social distancing and required face coverings for everyone – staff and donors. AND, as an organization dedicated to helping others, the Red Cross just announced that all blood donations will now be tested for COVID-19 antibodies at no cost to donors.

To learn more about the donation process, please visit RedCrossBlood.org

For many years, the Celtic Classes at the BMC have concluded the work of each year by gathering together into a massed band to play for an evening of contra dancing. Over time, partly with the growing level of experience of a core of students, these dance events have grown to an impressive size and our students have given dancers a good ‘run for their money’ or at least as good a ‘dance for their money’ as they could hope for. Our students brought tremendous energy and commitment to their work again this year and despite the disappointment of having this year’s dance canceled, we are happy to be able to share a taste of the exuberance and energy that our students have brought to their music again this year through this virtual ensemble performance. Click here!

Pit Band Returns!
Join us for this joyful BMC/NEYT collaboration. Middle school and high school intermediate to advanced musicians are welcome to participate – as are all Pit Band Alums!  Riley Goodemote returns virtually to direct this “all-comers” online event.  Rehearse your part, record it, and submit it and with a little production magic we will create a soundscape!  Call the office if interested – we just need your name, contact information and instrument. And click here for more info!

Enjoy This Special Concert
We were pleased to collaborate with the Detroit Chamber Music Society CameraMusic Series to present a special concert by violinist and conductor Jaime Laredo and cellist Sharon Robinson. Works by Handle-Halvorsen, Mozart, Schulhoff, and Stein were featured.  It was a wonderful variety of familiar and lesser known works – and even a Tango!  It can be viewed by clicking here.

On-line lessons are available!
Yes, you can continue to practice and develop your skills, thanks to technology and our talented faculty. This is a great time to begin an instrument or to perhaps resume your practice, so sign up today!   Summer is also a good time to have a few refresher lessons without committing to a full semester.

Our Online Musical “Salons” Continue
The current topic is Composers of Color – which starts with a member of the French aristocracy who wielded a bow and a sword with equal deftness!  You can also still explore Moby Pearson’s 7 part survey of western classical music.  With Moby as your guide, immerse yourself in music over the centuries!


Golden coverDid You Miss the All-Request On-line Concert?
You can still enjoy Becky Tracy and Keith Murphy’s “all request” online concert using this link. Songs from Newfoundland, camp songs, dance tunes from all over, including originals, and some from their days with Jeremiah McLane as Nightingale.”  You can learn more about their music, and their recently released CD Golden, at Black Isle Music.



BMC Bravo SocietyThe 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:
Becky Andrews, Jay Bailey, Tanya Balsley, Karen Becker, Nancy Bell, Mara Berkley, Lisa Bloch, Crager Boardman, Bob Bonneau, Michael Boylen, Jonas Breen, Laura Bryant-Williams, Deb Bunker, Tim Callahan, Rachel Clemente, Lisa Cox, Walter Cramer, Robin Davis, Corey DiMario, Sandra Feusi, Judy Fink, Elizabeth Fisher, Robin Flatley, Donna Francis, Rob Freeberg, Virginia Goodman, Lerna Gottesman, Bill Gottesman, Gary Graff, Lisa Harris, Freddie Hart, Jennelle Harvey, Shelli Harvey, Cal Heile, Lynn Herzog, Jenny Holan, Kate John, Steven John, Jim Johnson, Alyssa Kerr, Bruce Landenberger, Latchis Theatre, Dot MacDonald, Joe Madison, Sheila Magnuson, Raquel Moreno, Jill Newton, Kristin Outwater, Ellen Peters, Deb Pierotti, Jon Potter, Sabine Rhyne, Antje Ruppert, Alison Schantz, Sarah May Schultz, Ray Sebold, Liz Simmons, Dalit Sivan, Paul Eric Smith, Alan Stockwell, Travis Stout, Maggie Sullivan, Melissa Trainor, Leslie Turpin, Daniel Valerio, Betsy Williams, Pete Wilson, Amanda Witman, Ellery Witman, Avery Witman, David Woodberry, and Yellow Barn


The Brattleboro Music Center

72 Blanche Moyse Way
Brattleboro, VT  05301

(802) 257-4523