WILMINGTON >> Deerfield Valley residents and visitors will be able to finish up their evening of sampling wines and soups from Wilmington restaurants, by enjoying music, desserts and coffee at St. Mary's, while at the same time raising money to assist our neighbors needing help staying warm.

Starting at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 16, musicians from the Brattleboro Music Center, as well as local musicians, will offer a varied program of classical, vocal, instrumental, jazz and other music, all within the historic and acoustically vibrant main hall of St. Mary's. Doors open and dessert served starting at 7.

Performers will include musicians from the Brattleboro Music Center, including Pedro Pereira, principal cellist with the Windham Orchestra; and French Horn player Karen Horton, a member of the Windham Orchestra. They will be joined by vocalist Deborah Canedy, a Wilmington native and Music Director at St. Mary's; flautist Robin Matathias, who has performed nationally and is the Director of the Flute Ensemble at Keene State College; and pianist Barbara Lipstadt, an instructor at Deerfield Academy who founded the Deerfield Valley Players. Also performing will be soprano Marietta Formanek, whose work includes solo recitals and with the Opera Theater of Weston; and the vocal and guitar duo of Holly and Joe Fortner. Others are expected to join as well.


St. Mary's is located in the 150-year old church building, recently refreshed to its more historic look. Its distinctive red door inspired the name for this new series. The sanctuary, where the concert will be held, is an acoustically lively space, with wood throughout, which offers a dynamic and warm place for music.

The musicians promise a wide variety of music styles and genres, including baroque, romantic, and other classical pieces, as well as jazz standards and movie and show tunes. Soloists and vocal/piano duets will be supplemented with classical ensembles as well as a vocal/guitar jazz duo. With this scope of music, it promises to be an exciting and enriching evening.

Admission is by free will donation, and will benefit the Deerfield Valley Cares Heating Assistance program. The Rotary is assisting, and starting at 7 p.m., desserts and coffee will be offered at the entrance on East Main Street.

"We view this event — and hopefully concerts to come — as an opportunity to build community through music, and as a chance to re-introduce our community to a place we believe is special, to offer music of all kinds to the Valley, and to help raise money for those in need," said Carol Ann Lobo-Johnson, a long-term member. "We hope that after having a chance to taste and sip all that's offered in the Soup and Stroll, folks will come through our red doors and enjoy a few hours of music to finish a great evening."

St. Mary's in the Mountains is located at 13 East Main Street. More information is available at its Facebook page.