What’s New at the BMC?
Have you ever dreamed of conducting an orchestra? A Windham Orchestra fundraiser is offering would-be maestros two chances to “Be Beethoven” and conduct a musical work of your choice (in consultation with Maestro Keelan) at a special rehearsal Saturday, Jan. 19.
How to make this opportunity yours? Individuals making a $500 tax-deductible donation will earn a place on the podium OR win the very special Be Beethoven raffle! One lucky guest conductor will be chosen Jan. 7 from those purchasing a raffle ticket ($10 per ticket, 3 for $25 or 6 tickets for $50).
Raffle tickets and further information are available from Windham Orchestra members, at the Brattleboro Music Center or via our Buy Tickets link.
Brattleboro Concert Choir January Concerts Mark New Director Debut
The Brattleboro Concert Choir’s upcoming January concerts mark the debut of its new director.
The Concert Choir presents “Mozart, Beginnings and Endings,” in two performances at the Latchis Theatre, Friday, Jan. 11, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 12, at 3 p.m. For ticket information, visit the BMC website at bmcvt.org or call 802-257-4523.
Leading the Choir will be Jonathan Harvey, an Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choirs at Fitchburg (MA) State University, who was named music director of the Brattleboro Concert Choir earlier this year.
The two pieces on the program are beautiful bookends of Mozart’s musical life. Allegri’s Miserere mei, Deus holds a special place in the lore around Mozart’s prodigious young talent. The program then moves to his last and unfinished masterpiece, the Requiem.
Popular Northern Roots Festival Returns Jan. 26 & 27
Mark your calendar for the return of the Northern Roots Traditional Music Festival Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 26 and 27. Now a cornerstone of the traditional music calendar in New England, the Northern Roots Festival, directed by Keith Murphy, continues to offer a unique showcase of a variety of northern musical traditions including Irish, Scottish, English and French Canadian. The festival musters the considerable local talent in the Brattleboro area as well as a select roster of regional guests.
The Festival begins with a full slate of daytime participation and performance activities at the Brattleboro Music Center, including workshops, panels, mini-concerts, a dance band class, and more. Saturday also has a special “family track,” which includes a concert and a dance for all ages. Day one concludes with a gala evening performance and Sunday afternoon is a boisterous series of participatory sessions — pub singing, French Canadian and Irish tune jamming — at the local pub, McNeill’s Brewery.
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