Choir spring sing includes performing with wolves, whales, loons, seals
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The Brattleboro Concert Choir performing in 2012.
The Brattleboro Concert Choir performing in 2012.
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BRATTLEBORO- The Brattleboro Concert Choir, directed by Susan Dedell, joyfully presents Paul Winter’s “Missa Gaia” on Saturday, May 17, at 7:30 pm, and on Sunday, May 18, at 4 pm. Both concerts will be at Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main Street.

And the wolves? Their recorded voices, along with those of loons, whales, and harp seals, will join with the men and women of the Brattleboro Concert Choir in interconnected harmony in this joyful, rhythmic, and contemporary mass for the earth.

Guest vocal soloist for the concert is the dynamic Zara Bode. Bode is a founding member of the Sweetback Sisters, and an active studio musician in New York. She was recently heard in Winged Productions’ “Three in the Wilderness.”

Soprano saxophonist Tony Speranza Jr. is a graduate of Hartt College of Music and a BUHS alumnus. He is a member of the Asylum Quartet, which recently won the grand prize and the gold medal at the 2014 Chamber Music Competition in Boston. This distinction is even more significant considering that this is the first saxophone quartet to receive this honor in the history of the competition.

Cellist Marta Roma, from Barcelona, Spain, is a student of Eugene Friesen at the Berklee School of Music. Friesen is a member of the Paul Winter Consort and was featured on the original recording. He is delighted to be mentoring Roma for these performances.

Percussionist Stefan Amidon will be joining his former teacher and mentor Steve Rice as percussionists for the piece. After leaving Brattleboro, Amidon went on to attend the jazz program at Oberlin College and has an active freelance career.

Other instrumentalists for the program include oboist Aaron Ichiro Hilbrun and pianist Brian Fairley. Hilbrun is a versatile musician who is currently on the faculty of Florida Gulf Coast University, and an oboist with the Sarasota Opera, Northeast Symphony Orchestra, and the Walt Disney World Orchestra.

Fairley is the music director for Double Edge Theater and maintains a very active schedule as a pianist, coach, and director in the Boston area.

Join the Brattleboro Concert Choir for the performance of “Missa Gaia.”

Tickets are $15 general, $8 students, and are available by calling the Brattleboro Music Center at (802) 257-4523 or by visiting www.bmcvt.org.
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