The Last Dance: Life, Love & Loss in Music, Spoken Word & Movement

Guilford, Vt. – Friends of Music at Guilford’s (FOMAG) annual Midwinter Musicale begins at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 17, in the sanctuary of Guilford Community Church. A propos for Valentine’s week, this program is a multimedia consideration of love, as it is woven inevitably through the weft of life and loss, and it includes elements of music, movement, and the spoken word.


Tony Trischka & Territory and The Stockwell Brothers Band at Next Stage on Saturday, January 20

Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present International Bluegrass Music Association Banjo Player of the Year Tony Trischka and his band Territory, plus contemporary folk and bluegrass quartet The Stockwell Brothers Band at Next Stage on Saturday, January 20 at 7:30 pm. In a consistently adventurous musical career that spans nearly half a century, Tony Trischka has established himself as one of America’s foremost visionaries of the five-string banjo and perhaps the most influential banjo player in the roots music world. Widely regarded as the most innovative banjoist of his generation, Tony’s dexterity and restless creative spirit have inspired generations of fans and acoustic musicians, including Bela Fleck – one of his early students.


What Do Singing and Seeds Have in Common?

The Brattleboro Women’s Chorus will be sending a group of singers to the Sister Singers Festival in Grand Rapids, Michigan this coming summer. They will perform on their own as well as participate with twenty other women’s choruses in a festival that embraces the ideals of social justice and the values of love and compassion for themselves and our community. This is their opportunity to share their music with a national audience and support the music and the composers from other choruses. This festival can only deepen their singing skills and revitalize their energy for the importance of singing in our community.


45th Christmas at Christ Church: “Such Wondrous Tidings”

Guilford, Vt. – Friends of Music at Guilford (FOMAG) presents its 45th Christmas at Christ Church performances on Friday, Dec. 15, at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 16, at 4:00 p.m. That historic building is on Rt. 5 at the corner of Melendy Hill Rd., just over a mile from Exit 1 off Interstate 91. This season’s theme, “Such Wondrous Tidings,” is the title of one of ten mostly 15th-century carols to be sung by the thirteen-voice Guilford Chamber Singers, directed for a sixth season by Tom Baehr.


47th Community Messiah Sing: A Benefit for the Homeless

Brattleboro, Vt. – Friends of Music at Guilford (FOMAG) invites singers and music lovers in the Tri-State region to start their holiday season at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 2, with the 47th annual Community Messiah Sing, a benefit for the homeless. Centre Congregational Church, at 193 Main Street in Brattleboro, has been home for the Sing since 1982 and for a few prior seasons as well.


“Encourage Yourself!” Montpelier Community Gospel Choir to Perform Concerts in Barre and Montpelier

The Montpelier Community Gospel Choir, an ecumenical choir with members from all over Vermont, invites the community to attend two special evenings of celebration at the choir’s annual December concerts. The choir is dedicated to singing gospel music in the African-American tradition, as well as music by composers inspired by that tradition. MCGC shares a common desire to celebrate and honor this rich native choral heritage, and its power to move us spiritually and to create a profound sense of community. The choir honors the many thousands of singers who brought this music to us through unspeakable hardship and faith. Accompanied by a full band of local professional musicians, the Montpelier Community Gospel Choir is led by John Harrison, artistic director.