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Concert Choir explores “Beauty Through Tragedy” April 26 & 27
The Brattleboro Concert Choir presents “Beauty Through Tragedy: The Music of Ralph Vaughan Williams & Amy Beach” in two concerts, April 26 and 27. The concert Friday, April 26, is set for 7:30 p.m. at the Latchis Theatre, Main Street, Brattleboro. The Saturday, April 27, performance, also at the Latchis, will begin at 3 p.m.
Amy Beach was the first American woman to publish a symphony, and the first major American composer of any gender not to receive early training in Europe. She was seen in her time as a distinctly American voice. She is often compared to Brahms, especially for her rich harmonic language. Her Four Canticles op. 78 is a sumptuous setting of four psalms in English, leaning into evocative descriptions of nature and music.
As Beach was composing the Canticles, Ralph Vaughan Williams was serving as a member of the Royal Army Medical Corps, driving an ambulance in France and Greece. He wrote Dona nobis pacem two decades later, in the years leading up to World War II, having witnessed firsthand the horror of “the war to end all wars.”
Chamber Series Continues April 28 with “Music Making Amongst Friends”
Brattleboro Music Center Artistic Advisors Jaime Laredo and Sharon Robinson welcome two colleagues with thorough Vermont connections for a collaborative performance on Sunday, April 28, at 4 p.m. at the BMC.
Violinist Soovin Kim and pianist Gloria Chien, husband and wife, join Laredo and Robinson for this special Chamber Music Series concert that features two incomparable quartets for piano and strings. The two couples will present the Quartet in E-flat Major by Mozart and the Quartet in C minor by Gabriel Fauré. Kim and Chien will also perform the Sonata for violin and piano by Maurice Ravel.
BMC Music School Plans Spring Celebration May 4-5
The Brattleboro Music Center Music School is planning a Spring Celebration Saturday and Sunday, May 4-5. A planned faculty recital is a benefit for the Music School Scholarship fund and the Brattleboro Union High School Music Department.
On Saturday, May 4, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the BMC will host student recitals throughout the day. The center is located at 72 Blanche Moyse Way, and all are welcome to stop by to enjoy musical selections performed by talented Music School students. Also on Saturday, a plant sale provides an opportunity to choose a special Mother’s Day gift. A CD sale will offer a selection of every genre, from opera to rock, baroque to Springsteen, all priced from $1 to $5. Proceeds from both sales benefit the BMC scholarship fund, which provides more than $25,000 yearly to students in support of their musical studies.
On Sunday, May 5, at 4 p.m., the Music School hosts a faculty recital, with Kathy Andrew on the violin, Judith Serkin on cello, and Bruce Griffin on the piano, with soprano Junko Wattanabe. The concert will include works by Turina, Beethoven, Handel, and Hayden.
Windham Orchestra Presents “Human Condition” May 19
The Windham Orchestra presents “Human Condition,” Sunday, May 19, at 3 p.m. at the Latchis Theatre, Main Street, Brattleboro.
The program includes Richard Strauss’ Four Last Songs, with soprano Jenna Rae, and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 8.
The Windham Orchestra, founded in 1969, features local musicians and composers. The 2018-2019 season marks its 49th year of making music together in Brattleboro. The Orchestra takes pride in its history of providing symphonic music to Southeastern Vermont and its commitment to keeping classical music vital and building future audiences.