Thursday December 20, 2012

BRATTLEBORO -- In addition to marking the start of the new year, January means big things for the Brattleboro Music Center, which presents four big events to kick off the first month of the year.

* The Brattleboro Concert Choir kicks things off with a program titled "Towards the Light" on Saturday, Jan. 12, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Jan. 13, at 3 p.m., at the First Baptist Church, 190 Main St.

The Brattleboro Concert Choir, under the direction of Susan Dedell, presents Morten Lauridsen’s" Lux Aeterna," and Bob Chilcott’s Requiem.

Lauridsen’s "Lux Aeterna" continues to inspire performers and audiences since its premiere in 1997. Using texts drawn from a variety of sources, Lauridsen has created a transfiguring score of power and immense beauty.

The Choir introduced the music of Bob Chilcott to Brattleboro audiences in January 2012 to capacity crowds, who accorded the piece overwhelming acclaim. Chilcott’s Requiem, which was premiered by the Oxford Bach Choir in the spring of 2010, has likewise galvanized the choral world, the Oxford Times declaring it "gorgeous and uplifting." To purchase tickets ($15 general, $10 students) call the Brattleboro Music Center at 802-257-4523 or visit bmcvt.org.

* BMC Chamber Music Series features the Rubens Quartet with Dimitri Murrath and Judith Serkin on Friday, Jan.


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18, at 7:30 p.m., at Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St.

The Brattleboro Music Center Chamber Music Series presents Sarah Kapustin, violin, Tali Goldberg, violin, Roeland Jagers, viola, Dimitri Murrath, viola, Joachim Eijlander, cello and Judith Serkin, cello, in a program that features the Beethoven String Quartet in A minor, Op. 132 and Brahms’ String Sextet in G Major, Op. 36. To purchase tickets ($30, $20, $10), call the BMC at 802-257-4523 or visit bmcvt.org.

* Windham Orchestra presents a program titled "Psalms & Fireworks" on Friday, Jan. 25, at 7:30 p.m., at Bellows Falls Union High School in Bellows Falls an don Sunday, Jan. 27, at 3 p.m., at Brattleboro Union High School.

In January, the choruses of all four Windham County high schools join the Windham Orchestra under the direction of Hugh Keelan to present Stravinsky’s masterpiece "Symphony of Psalms."

This is an inspiring and unprecedented collaboration and, for many students, their first experience singing with a full orchestra. The concert opens with Handel’s rousing "Music for the Royal Fireworks" and also presents Grieg’s "Holberg Suite" for strings. To purchase tickets ($15, $10 seniors and students), call the Brattleboro Music Center at 802-257-4523 or visit bmcvt.org.

* Northern Roots Tradition Music Festival returns Saturday, Jan. 26, featuring day and evening concerts, workshops, jam sessions and programs at New England Youth Theatre, B100 Flat St.

The Brattleboro Music Center presents its sixth Annual Northern Roots Traditional Music Festival. This day-long celebration brings together local and regional musicians representing the best of various northern musical traditions including Irish, Scottish, English and French-Canadian. Northern Roots begins with a full slate of daytime participation and performance activities, including workshops, panels, mini-concerts, pub sessions, dance band prep and a family dance, and concludes with an evening performance. Tickets are $20 for Day, $20 for Evening for $35 for both. Youth (under 12) pay $10 for Day , $10 for Evening, $15 for both. Admission to the 3 p.m. family concert and dance is $5 at door. For tickets and information, call the BMC at 802-257-4523 or visit bmcvt.org.