WEST BRATTLEBORO -- The Western Wind, an acclaimed six-voice a cappella ensemble based in New York City, launches its annual Winter Wonderland Weekend in Brattleboro on Friday at 8 p.m., at All Souls Church.
The program features excerpts from their "Shakespeare in Love" and "Musical Shabbat" programs. The Shakespeare program includes original songs from the plays, settings of play lyrics by Romantic era composers and recent settings by New York-based composers.
Since 1969, Western Wind has devoted itself to the special beauty and variety of a cappella music, with repertoire that reaches from the Renaissance to rock and roll. In addition to performing, the group runs an arts-in-education program for the New York public school system and presents an annual series of singing workshops in New York, Northampton, Mass., and both Brattleboro and Woodstock in Vermont. They have also produced a series of holiday programs broadcast over National Public Radio and Public Radio International, and have released 19 recordings.
Members of the group are currently Michele Kennedy, soprano; Linda Lee Jones, soprano; Todd Frizzell, tenor; Elliot Z. Levine, baritone; David Vanderwal, tenor; and William Zukof, countertenor.
Tickets are $10 at the door, $8 for students/seniors, and include a dessert reception. All Souls Church, which is handicapped-accessible, is at 29 South St.