What’s New at the BMC?
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.
Registration Open for BMC Piano Four Hands Weekend Workshop
The art of playing piano “four hands” is the focus of an upcoming weekend workshop at the Brattleboro Music Center. Registrations are now being accepted for the workshop, scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, March 2 and 3. Sessions will be held Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, from 1 to 4 p.m., with open practice available in the morning.
Those interested should register soon, but no later than February 1 since music will be sent to registrants prior to the weekend and enrollment is limited. No previous four-hands experience is required. The cost is $175 and includes Saturday lunch.
To enroll, call the BMC at 802-257-4523 or stop in at 72 Blanche Moyse Way.
Young Soloists Perform with Windham Orchestra Feb. 3
Winners of the Windham Orchestra Concerto Competition will perform with the Orchestra Sunday, Feb 3, at 3 p.m. at the Latchis Theatre.
Performers include Justin Zhou, cello- Dvořák’s Cello Concerto; Hannah Caris, on flute – Henri Duparc’s Lénore Symphonic Poem after Bürger and Georges Hüe’s Fantaisie; and Joseph Wang on viola – Bohuslavu Martinů’s Rhapsody Concert.
The Windham Orchestra’s Annual Concerto Competition is open to serious instrumental and vocal music students in grades 9 through 12. Eligible students must live or attend schools in the Vermont counties of Windsor, Windham, and Bennington; New Hampshire counties of Cheshire, Sullivan and Grafton; or Massachusetts counties of Berkshire, Franklin and Hampshire.
Don’t miss a special performance by the Juno Orchestra Sunday, Feb. 10, at 3 p.m. at the Latchis Theatre, Main Street.
Now in residence at the BMC, the Juno Orchestra is Vermont’s newest professional chamber orchestra, engaging musicians from the tri-state area surrounding Brattleboro, Vermont, a small, startlingly vibrant arts community.
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