BRATTLEBORO -- The 18th annual spring concerts of the Brattleboro Women’s Chorus titled "Spring Jubilee" feature American folk songs, both familiar and lesser known.

There will be a Mothers’ Day concert at the First Baptist Church, 190 Main St., on May 11 at 4 p.m., and a concert at Next Stage in Putney on Wednesday, May 14, at 7:30 p.m.

Sixty women and girls sing under the direction of Becky Graber accompanied by singer/songwriter Lisa McCormick on guitar and banjo. Additionally, for the first time, members of the chorus accompany several songs on various instruments.

Such folk songs as "Cindy," "Shenandoah" and "Will the Circle Be Unbroken" may be familiar, but the arrangements are new or original Graber creations. The not-so-familiar variety includes "Jubilee," "Farthest Field" and "Hallelujah" by MaMuse. And a special sing-along is a "Hootenanny" with six folk songs from the ‘60s, many by Pete Seeger, accompanied by McCormick and a chorus-member string band.

At both concerts, a 50/50 raffle will benefit the organization that chorus members nominated and voted on -- the First Baptist Church of Brattleboro.

Tickets are available at the door for $10 for adults, $15 generous and $8 for students and seniors. For more information, visit BrattleboroWomensChorus.org or call 802-254-8994.


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