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Palaver Strings Explores ‘Collective Memory’ February 3 at the BMC Playing Instruments Made by Brattleboro Craftsman
Our Season Guest Series once again welcomes Palaver Strings Friday, February 3. Performers will be playing on instruments made by Brattleboro master craftsman Douglas Cox.

The group’s 7:30 p.m. concert, titled “Collective Memory,” will explore the connection between our lives today and our roots, traditions, and collective memory. This program features music by contemporary composers in dialogue with tradition, including Terry Riley, William Grant Still, Aleksandra Vrebalov, and Hamza el Din, as well as Croatian folksong arrangements by Lysander Jaffe.

The group’s instruments include Cox’s 1,000th instrument made in over 50 years of craftsmanship. Op. 1000 is modeled after Guarneri “del Gesú”‘s “Leduc” violin.  The other Cox instruments being played are inspired by the work of Lorenzo Storioni and Domenico Montagnana.

Musicians from Marlboro Return to the BMC February 11
The Brattleboro Music Center’s Chamber Series continues Saturday, February 11, with a visit from the Musicians from Marlboro Group II.

The 7 p.m. concert at the BMC will include a work titled Moon Songs by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Shulamit Ran, who was in residence at Marlboro in 2018 and worked extensively on her music with these artists in Vermont.

Also on the program is Haydn’s String Trio in G Major, Op. 53, No. 1 and Mozart’s Divertimento in E-flat Major, K. 563.

Noted British Baritone Roderick Williams Offers “Love Songs Old & New” February 16
Our Chamber Music Series features “Celebrating Valentine’s with Love Songs Old & New” with British baritone Roderick Williams, accompanied by pianist Yi-Heng Yang, Thursday, February 16. The 7 p.m. concert at the BMC will include memorable works by Robert Schumann, Roger Quilter, Clara Schumann, Fanny Mendelssohn, Josephine Lang, Caroline Shaw, and more.

Roderick Williams is one of the United Kingdom’s most sought-after baritones and is constantly in demand on the concert platform and in recital, encompassing a repertoire from the baroque to world premieres. In 2016, he won the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Singer of the year award.

Opera engagements have included major roles at leading opera houses worldwide, including the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, English National Opera,  Dutch National Opera, Dallas Opera, Opera North, Scottish Opera, Florida Grand Opera, the Bregenz Festival and Oper Köln.  He has been involved in many world premieres including, Lord Byron in the world premiere of Sally Beamish’s Monster, Alexander Knaifel’s Alice in Wonderland and Michel van der Aa’s After Life, and the title role in Robert Saxton’s The Wandering Jew with the BBC Symphony.

Pianist Yi-Heng Yang’s work includes collaborations on period instruments with visionary artists such as the Grammy award-winning tenor Karim Sulayman, in their acclaimed and timely album, “Where Only Stars Can Hear Us (Avie Records). She is also known for groundbreaking and provocative explorations into Romantic and Classical performance practice. She is on the faculty at The Juilliard School Preparatory and College Divisions, where she teaches piano, fortepiano, chamber music, keyboard skills and improvisation.

Zara Bode’s Little Big Band Gets into the Swing at the BMC February 24
The Brattleboro Music Center’s Season Guest series welcomes Zara Bode’s Little Big Band Friday, February 24. The event begins at 7 p.m.

The group performs classic American swing to delight the ears, eyes and feet. Inspired by the likes of Duke Ellington, Django Reinhardt and Ella Fitzgerald, the Little Big Band features top shelf chanteuse Zara Bode (of Signature Sounds artists The Sweetback Sisters) and a sizzling horn section led by clarinetist and arranger Anna Patton.

From chic to cheeky, the Little Big Band digs into the classics with aplomb and affection creating vibrant new takes on the old radio hits.

We’re making music – join us!
Interested in lessons, or joining an ensemble?  Give us a call to learn about 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.

The Brattleboro Music Center is supported in part by the Vermont Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

BMC Bravo Society

The Brattleboro Music Center relies on volunteers in the community who give generously of their time. We are pleased to honor the following for their help in recent months:
Orion Barber, Bill Callahan, Tim Callahan, Deniz Cordell, Andy Davis, September Edaugal, Phil Feidelseit, Bill Gottesman, Lerna Gottesman, Desi Grace, Lynn Herzog, Kate John, Jon Joyce, Susan Boyd Joyce, Jenn Karstad, Mitike Lyons, Sheila Magnuson, Ellen Martyn, Helen Merena, Kristin Outwater, Greg Scharfen and Dave Snyder.

The Brattleboro Music Center

72 Blanche Moyse Way
Brattleboro, VT  05301

(802) 257-4523

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