The line-up for Friday evening includes Renegade, Shoulder Narrows, Spiralia, and Xpressivo, all of which are student-directed independent groups from the Brattleboro area. In addition to the student groups, two top-notch high school ensembles will return to round out the show – the Brattleboro Union High School Madrigals, directed by Patty Meyer, and the Leland & Gray Madrigals, directed by Ron Kelley. General admission is $10, and $5 for students, at the door of the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center. Space is limited, so come at 7 pm to get a seat for the 7:30 pm show and see the great art while you wait.
Shoulder Narrows was started in 2004 by male students at Brattleboro Union High School who wanted to sing a cappella in an independent group away from the school. They made up their own arrangements of some popular songs, and they all played with the music that they made. The nine original members have all graduated, and many moved on to sing a cappella at the college level. Today, the group sings a mix of indie rock, pop, jazz, and a little bit of everything else in between.
Spiralia is the longest running all-female student-led a cappella group from BUHS. They love to add their own creative twists to funky, upbeat tunes. The group was founded in 2007 to provide young women with a fun, musically challenging, and supportive environment in which to take charge of their own musical experiences, and it’s been grooving and rocking a cappella music ever since.
Xpressivo, according to their Facebook page, is “a bunch of people who love to sing!” They are a coed a cappella group formed in December 2012 at BUHS.
The BUHS Madrigals is a group of auditioned singers that rehearse once a week at the Brattleboro Union High School under the direction of Meyer. Students earn credit for this class and perform in a variety of venues, including school concerts, madrigal festivals, school assemblies, and town events. The Madrigals perform songs from many styles, including but not limited to madrigals from the Renaissance, from which they took their name.
Leland & Gray’s Madrigals is an auditioned singing group that meets once a week after school for the school year. Directed by Kelley, they sing a wide variety of music, from 16th century madrigals to contemporary style a cappella. The group sings in the Leland & Gray concerts as well as in other venues in the community.
The High School A Cappella “Warm-Up” Concert is sponsored by Commonwealth Dairy and its products YoYummy and Green Mountain Creamery Greek Yogurt. Samples of YoYummy will be available at the door until they run out, courtesy of Commonwealth Dairy.
For more information call the In-Sight Photography Project at (802) 251-9960. In-Sight offers students a creative voice and outlet; an opportunity to experience success; tools for self-awareness and self-worth; and encourages them to become actively engaged in their communities. In-Sight teaches photography to youth ages 11-18 throughout the southern Vermont region, regardless of their ability to pay. Students may sign up for spring classes at www.in-sightphotography.org.