BRATTLEBORO>> The Brattleboro Music Center's Celtic Mega Band will provide the music for a Contra Dance, set for this Sunday.
The event will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. (a beginners' session is set for 6:45 p.m.) at the Stone Church, 210 Main St., and no experience or partner is needed.
Contra dance is a social dance with deep roots in New England history. The dance form can be traced to English, Scottish, and Irish folk dances as well as the French dance styles of the 17th century. The dances typically feature dancing in long lines of paired dancers moving to energetic live music. In each dance, couples progress up and down the lines, dancing with each other couple in the line.
Easy walking steps are all that's required and you do not have to bring a partner with you – just a smile and willingness to learn! Caller Nils Fredland will teach each dance and prompt dancers throughout the evening.
The BMC Celtic Mega Band is made up of 30 BMC students, ranging in age from 10 to 60-plus. They meet every Wednesday throughout the school year with instructors Becky Tracy and Keith Murphy (cornerstones of the band Nightingale, with Becky also a 12-year veteran of the popular Western Massachusetts band Wild Asparagus), learning and perfecting tunes from Ireland, Quebec, New England, and a peppering of other styles.
Having developed harmonies and beautiful medleys of tunes, the band's Sunday performance is the culmination and celebration of a great year of music making. All dances will be taught, and whether a beginner or a seasoned pro, the evening will include something for everyone, no matter your experience or energy level.
General admission ranges from $10 to $12, with a family rate of $20. Student tickets are $5 for youth students and $8 for college students.
About the Brattleboro Music Center
Guided by our artistic advisors, the acclaimed violinist/conductor Jaime Laredo and cellist Sharon Robinson, the Brattleboro Music Center is a vibrant, community-based organization, exceptional for the breadth and quality of its programs. Founded in 1952, today's BMC consists of numerous performance and education programs led by talented artistic directors and a dedicated faculty of 40 professional musicians. Our programs include the Brattleboro Concert Choir, Windham Orchestra, Blanche Moyse Chorale, Chamber Music Series and annual Northern Roots festival. Each year, the Music Center enriches the lives of more than 10,000 residents of southeastern Vermont and nearby New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Hundreds of classes, workshops, concerts and other events bring people of all ages and abilities together to learn, listen and join together in celebration of music and community.
As the area's oldest arts organization, the Music Center has attracted scores of professional musicians and other artists to the area over the past 60 years. The result today is a town and region nationally renowned for its rich diversity of arts and arts events.