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On Friday, May 24, at 8 p.m., the BMC hosts a performance by In Stile Moderno, which includes BMC alum Nathaniel Cox on cornetto and theorbo.
Cox and soprano Agnes Coakley Cox are joined by Fabio Pirozzolo, percussion and voice; Dan Meyers, winds and percussion; and Simon Martyn-Ellis on guitar for the concert, titled “La Vesuviana: Tracing the Sources of Neapolitan Folk Music.” While northern Italy in the 17th century was a patchwork of independent city-states and principalities, all of the South was ruled by Spain. Spanish influence can still be heard in the folk music of southern Italy, which prominently features the Spanish guitar and castanets. In Stile Moderno’s final program of the season combines the living tradition of folk music from across southern Italy with music by 17th-century Neapolitans Andrea Falconieri, Girolamo Montesardo and Simone Coya.
BMC Celtic Classes Present Annual Contra Dance May 31
BMC Celtic classes rally to once again to fill a dance hall with the thunderous, joyful sound of jigs and reels.
The multiple classes include dozens of teenagers and fiddling veterans as well as more recent converts to Celtic music, inspired and led by teachers Keith Murphy and Becky Tracy. The spring dance has become an annual celebration and will be held Friday, May 31, with dance calling by nationally respected caller Nils Fredland.
The location is the Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman Street, Greenfield, MA. All dances will be taught, and beginners are invited to take part in a workshop at 7:30 p.m. The dance is set for 8 to 11 p.m.
The suggested donation for the event – sponsored in part by Friends of the Greenfield Dance — is $10 with proceeds benefitting local fiddling/calling icon David Kaynor, who has recently been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS. Kaynor has been a pivotal figure in the New England contra dance scene for 40 years, renowned for his inclusivity and welcoming of generations of new musicians and dancers into the world of community dancing. Tracy was one of these fiddlers who benefited from sharing the stage with him at many Greenfield dances over the years, and his generosity has extended to performing and teaching at the BMC Northern Roots Festival on multiple occasions. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or events@
Juno Orchestra Presents “Discoveries” June 1-2
Juno Orchestra, in residence at the BMC, announces two concerts to open the month of June. Entitled “Discoveries,” the four works on the June program are likely new to most concertgoers, “even the two pieces composed over 200 years ago,” says music director Zon Eastes.
Juno Orchestra, closing out its second season, is Vermont’s newest professional chamber orchestra. Its June program “promises a veritable feast of newness,” says Eastes. “We are especially thrilled to introduce a commissioned work by composer Paul Dedell, titled ‘Serenity.’ Together, the orchestra and audiences will discover Dedell’s take on New England’s seasons.”