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A Double Bill Sept. 8 with Night Tree & Dunham Shoe Factory
The BMC presents a double bill Saturday, Sept. 8, at 7pm featuring the roots-based music group Night Tree and the contemporary acoustic ensemble Dunham Shoe Factory.
Night Tree is made up of six diverse musicians who came together unexpectedly within the walls of Boston’s New England Conservatory. The sextet attracts dramatic attention not only for its abnormal instrumentation of two fiddles, cello, accordion, saxophone, percussion, voice, and the occasional viola and mandolin, but for its collective representation and incorporation of traditions from Irish, Classical, Swedish, Jazz, Klezmer, and Afro-Cuban music.
Local ensemble Dunham Shoe Factory is a collaboration between Anna Patton, Mac Ritchey, Todd Roach and Dave Haughey playing original compositions and influenced by world traditions. Combining the clarinet, oud, percussion and cello, their music draws from an array of styles including Egyptian, Jazz, Brazilian, Turkish, Classical and Indian music.
Harvey is New Concert Choir Director
Jonathan Harvey, an Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choirs at Fitchburg (MA) State University, has been named music director of the Brattleboro Concert Choir. In addition to his work with the Choir, he is Music Director of the Sem Creative Arts Festival in Kingston, PA.
He has previously held music director positions with universities, community music organizations, and churches in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Indiana, and is a sought-after clinician and adjudicator. He is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, the National Collegiate Choral Organization, College Music Society, and Chorus America, and is the Collegiate Chair for the Massachusetts chapter of ACDA.
“We are delighted to welcome Jonathan Harvey as the next Music Director of the Brattleboro Concert Choir beginning with the 2018-19 Season,” says BMC Managing Director Mary Greene. “He is a fine musician, an expressive and engaging conductor and a dedicated teacher.”
Wanted: ‘Rabble’ Chorus Members Willing to Sing, Shout and Carry On
The Windham Orchestra is looking for more than a few adventurous souls to join its ‘rabble’ chorus. Puccini’s “Turandot” includes a large group of singers tackling such roles as a bloodthirsty mob shouting for a beheading, to name one example. Given the opera’s size and scope, Windham Orchestra Musical Director Hugh Keelan is encouraging singers of any and all talent to join what he calls “the rabble chorus.”
“This opera is one of the great spectacle operas,” Keelan explains. “The chorus will be asked to take on a role that is relatively simple to sing, but extremely enjoyable to perform, and it adds to the volume and the bigness of the production.” Email email@example.com to learn more about rehearsals and the production itself.
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