Composers in our midst
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BRATTLEBORO- On Sunday, March 16, the Brattleboro Music Center will host the second iteration of “Composers in Our Midst” featuring the works of New England composers. The daylong event includes master classes, a student recital, and an evening performance, all featuring a wide variety of instrumental and vocal pieces by regional composers.

At its heart, “Composers in Our Midst” is a celebration of musical collaborations drawing together the vast compositional and musical talents in our region. The evening concert will feature 12 professional musicians and the works of seven “local” composers. Throughout the day the composers are involved in teaching the master classes, preparing students for the recital of their pieces, and several will be performing in the evening concert.

The composers and musicians joining forces for “Composers in Our Midst” are BMC faculty members Kathy Andrew, violin; Kristen Carmichael-Bowers, soprano; Bruce Griffin, piano; Jennifer Hansen, mezzo-soprano; Robin Matathias, flute; Margery McCrum, soprano; Tom Nasiatka, alto saxophone; and Alex Ogle, flute; along with guests Paul Dedell, composer; Jose Lezcano, guitar, composer; Clifton J. Noble, piano, composer; Lynn Mahoney Rowan, composer; Will Thomas Rowan, composer: Allen Shawn, piano, composer; Philip Thomas, composer; and Carol Wood, Celtic harp, composer.

This year, the works to be performed in the evening concert include Carol Wood’s “Proud Songsters,” “When at Last I Join” and “Endless Longing” for soprano, flute, and harp; Lynn Mahoney Rowan’s “Winding” and Will Thomas Rowan’s “November Night,” a capella pieces for a vocal trio; Phillip Thomas’ “Far Away” and “Sometimes” for soprano and piano; Clifton J. Noble’s “Klockworx” for alto sax and piano; Jose Lezcano’s “Sonatina Topical” for flute and guitar; and Allen Shawn’s “Rhapsody” for violin and piano. A reception follows the evening performance, providing an opportunity to extend the evening and talk with the musicians and composers.

The pieces to be worked on and performed by students during the day are “A Waltz” by Lynn Mahoney Rowan with Hannah Ruhl and Bridget Knoshita, violins, and Beth Roberts, cello; “The Wissahickon at Dusk” for flute quartet by Philip Thomas with Erin Villamizar, Ivy Pepin, Gwen Harris, and Charles Davis; “Songs From the Tempest,” arranged by Paul Dedell with singers Olivia Siegel, Christine Speidel, Casey Greenleaf, and Kyra Johnston; and two movements from the Violin Sonata No. 5 by Clifton J. Noble with Cam Twarog, violin. Attendance at the daytime master classes (1-3:30) and recital (4), held at the Brattleboro Music Center, are free and open to all.

Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for students and seniors. Call (802) 257-4532 or visit
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