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The EOS Project’s first performance of the 2021-2022 season is set for Saturday, October 30, at 7 p.m., and draws its inspiration from Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes’ iconic “The Negro Speaks of Rivers.”
The poem recounts ancestral connections from days long since past, cultural roots that extend wide and deep/past and present, and the rich histories witnessed – and made – by African diasporic peoples. The rivers, both real and symbolic, take on meanings larger than their already expansive size.
Curated by BMC Inaugural Artist-in-Residence Ashleigh Gordon, the event will invite audience members to draw their own personal meanings to water and cultures. In developing the program, which includes original films by Daniel Callahan depicting the Connecticut River and other bodies of water around Brattleboro, Gordon shares that she was inspired by “the Connecticut River and my ruminations on the stories it witnessed, people it carried, and connections it fostered traveling through four different states. Elaborating on those thoughts, this program explores similar ideas with other bodies of water and African diasporic people.” Performers include Sarah Briggs and Greg Diehl, violins; Ashleigh Gordon, viola; Wayne Smith, cello; and Susan Dedell, piano.
The EOS (Educate. Open. Strengthen.) Project is a direct response to questions about social justice as it pertains to the world of classical music and institutions such as the BMC.
BMC Chamber Series Continues Nov. 5 with Jennifer Koh
Our Chamber Series continues Friday, Nov. 5 with violinist Jennifer Koh performing works by Bach. The concert is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 general admission and are available online at www.bmcvt.org.
Koh, who will perform the six Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin by J.S. Bach, is recognized for intense, commanding performances, delivered with dazzling virtuosity and technical assurance. She is a forward-thinking artist dedicated to exploring a broad and eclectic repertoire, while promoting equity and inclusivity in classical music.
She has expanded the contemporary violin repertoire through a wide range of commissioning projects and has premiered more than 100 works written especially for her. Her quest for the new and unusual, sense of endless curiosity, and ability to lead and inspire a host of multidisciplinary collaborators, truly set her apart.
A cello workshop, led by Zon Eastes, will be held Saturday, November 13. From 9:30 a.m. to 12”30 p.m. at the BMC.
The group will explore structure, technique, ease, awareness, and other areas that will support participants’ growth as cellists. The workshop is open to those 18 and over, and cellists of all levels are welcome (note: sight-reading is involved).
The cost is $50; call 802-257-4523 to register. Enrollment will be limited to ensure personal engagement. Please note current BMC safety protocols prior to registering.
We’re Buzzing about the Palaver Strings Beehive Concert December 3
We welcome Palaver Strings Friday, December 3, at 7:30 p.m. This musician-led string ensemble and nonprofit organization based in Portland, ME, has established itself as a forward-thinking ensemble whose mission is to strengthen and inspire community through music. In its musician-led model, Palaver’s musicians share artistic and administrative leadership, guided by a passion for engaging new audiences, addressing social justice issues, and amplifying underrepresented voices. Palaver has toured widely throughout the United States, performing at the Kennedy Center and a celebration of the Lullaby Project at Carnegie Hall.
We’re making music – join us!
Interested in lessons, or joining an ensemble? Give us a call! Our semester begins September 13th, with lessons available on a wide variety of instruments at all levels! There are both online and in person options – please call if you have questions! All in person lessons and classes will be following our general safety protocols.