Brattleboro Music Center's annual faculty showcase spotlights talent and experience


BRATTLEBORO — The upcoming Brattleboro Music Center's Music School Faculty Showcase once again will spotlight the talent and experience of instructors at the music school.

This year the annual event is dedicated to the memory of colleague David Tasgal, a longtime BMC faculty member. It is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m. at Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St., Brattleboro. Visit for ticket information.

These faculty concerts bring together over a dozen faculty in collaborations that cross genres and centuries. In some cases the audience will be treated to collaborations between colleagues who have never had the opportunity to perform together.

The program will include a wide range of repertoire, from Baroque to 21st Century, from accompanied soloists to brass and string trios.

Performers will include Jennifer Hansen and Alisa Hauser, voice; Karen Horton, French horn; Riley Goodemote, trombone; guest Rob Freeberg (from Windham Orchestra), trumpet; Michelle Liechti, Heather Sommerlad and Peggy Spencer, violin; Bill Shontz, clarinet; Susan Dedell and Hugh Keelan, piano; Alex Ogle and Robin Matathias, flute; and Larry M. Brown, guitar, and the Acoustic Earth Orchestra.

The diverse experience of the performers includes having performed with Alasdair Fraser, playing funk rock on the side, appearing on Broadway, playing in the Venezuelan Orquesta Municipal de Caracas, being featured in the original American production of "Jesus Christ Superstar," performing regularly for Brooklyn Emerging Artists, collaborating with BMC founder Blanche Moyse, and conducting Beethoven's Emperor Concerto in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory at age 16.

Among the faculty are two Emmy nominees, and past students of the Berklee School of Music, Julliard, the Cincinnati Conservatory, and the Westminster Choir College, to name just a few.

The concert performance will honor the memory of longtime BMC faculty member David Tasgal, who died unexpectedly last fall. A 30-year veteran of the BMC Music School, he was a strings teacher, composer, and author of the internationally used "Strings Fun and Easy" curriculum. In addition to being a teacher and composer of these imaginative method books for beginning string players, David could play an astonishing array of instruments, including violin, cello, clarinet, piano, bass and saxophone fluently in a variety of musical genres, from chamber music and string quartets to rock, blues, jazz and klezmer.

Ticket prices are $10-$30, proceeds to David Tasgal Scholarship for Young Musicians. For more information, contact the Brattleboro Music Center at 802-257-4523 or visit

About the Brattleboro Music Center

Founded in 1952, the Brattleboro Music Center is a vibrant, community-based organization, exceptional for the breadth and quality of its programs. Today, under the artistic-advisement of the acclaimed violinist/conductor Jaime Laredo and cellist Sharon Robinson, the BMC consists of numerous performance, participation and education programs, led by talented artistic directors and a dedicated faculty of 40 professional musicians. 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 as home to a rich diversity of arts and arts events.


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