BRATTLEBORO -- Music New England, a new presenting and performing arts entity, will debut its unique music festival model on Saturday, June 30 on the grounds of the Vermont Agricultural Business and Education Center in Brattleboro, also known as the Famolare Farm.
The Event in A Tent fuses live music with other genres of performing art and audience participation to create a singular entertainment experience. An essential feature is a family-friendly atmosphere which also caters to couples and individuals of all ages and encourages picnicking and socializing.The draw is not only the music and performances, but also the informal, pre-concert activities.
MNE Managing Director Mark Burke says The
The June 30 presentation will be a half-day Event illustrating the breadth and flexibility of its festival format for one, two or three day Events. After the gates open and before the main concert, families will enjoy picnicking on the festival grounds while being entertained by strolling minstrels and clowns, with additional activities such as didgeridoo lessons, drum circles,
The pre-concert festivities gradually build to a finale, signaling the approach of the concert itself and bringing those with the appropriate ticket inside the 1,000 seat tent.Those without a tent ticket will be seated on the grounds, much like Tanglewood, around the tent. The professional orchestra, under the baton of Maestro Hugh Keelan, will perform:
* Pastoral/Americana musical selection that specifically evoke Vermont;
* Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony presented in contemplation of Tropical Storm Irene;
* Spiritual and blues;
* Excerpts from the opera "Pagliacci" integrated with circus and trapeze arts performed in collaboration with the New England Center for Circus Arts;
* Mass fiddle/violin participation of Vittorio Monti's Czardas with orchestra, open to all ages and abilities.
Music New England is situated in Brattleboro, making t an ideal gateway for visitors. But his goal following the June 30 event is to garner interest in bringing The Event in A Tent to other locales.
"MNE's signature is its tent, moving from venue to venue, a symbol of majesty, mystery and magic that will honor not only the music, but also the imagination of the audience," says Burke.
Music New England is thankful for sponsorship support from the Vermont Department of Marketing and Tourism, Ski Vermont, Brattleboro Memorial Hospital and Entergy. For more information visit musicnewengland.org or e-mail email@example.com.