FOMAG celebrates Women in Music


MARLBORO -- Friends of Music at Guilford presents its fifth annual Celebration of Women in Music, the organization’s signature season fundraiser, at a private home atop Ames Hill in Marlboro on Saturday. Guests are treated to a buffet of hors d’oeuvres and salads, then are offered a sampling of desserts after the concert program, which begins at 7 p.m.

This year’s music is devoted to works by composer Elise Grant (b. 1943), a resident of Dublin, N.H., and Stamford, Conn., who has been featured on other Friends of Music programs.

Nine arias from her comic opera "Santé et Prospérité," premiered in Switzerland in the mid-’90s, will be sung by soprano, mezzo, and tenor with piano accompaniment, some also with flute or oboe. The chamber music segment of the program will include "Interlude" for flute; "Waltz" for English horn and piano; "Pond in the Forest," for flute and piano; "Planets in Orbit" for flute, horn, and piano; and a rendition of "The Owl and The Pussycat" for soprano, oboe and piano.

Tenor James Anderson spent many years performing opera in Europe before settling in Brattleboro. The flutist is Robin Matathias, who teaches and directs flute ensembles at both the Brattleboro Music Center and Keene State College.

The other performers include sopranos Amy Knight and Amy St. Louis, ang mezzo Lauren Weiner. Weiner is junior vocal performance major at Keene State College and a featured soloist with KSC musical groups. St. Louis is a senior music education major also featured in KSC musical groups and theatrical productions. Knight has appeared as a soloist with the Norway Pond Festival Singers, the Nashua Chamber Choir and the Monadnock Chorus.

Cheryl Sharrock, piano, is on the adjunct faculty at Keene State as accompanist and teacher. Her musical career includes being a church music director, composing, arranging and accompanying for choirs, vocal and instrumental recitals, operas and musicals. Her husband Jim Sharrock is a conductor and has been a professional oboist/English hornist since 1982. He is also a member of the adjunct faculty at Keene State, has been the artistic director of the Monadnock Chorus, and conducted for Raylynmor Opera.

A silent auction of 2-for-1 tickets to regional music, theater, and dance performances, plus gift certificates and other tempting items, is also featured.

Sponsors for the Women in Music benefit for FOMAG’s current 48th season include the Brattleboro Retreat, Cheryl Wilfong: The Meditative Gardener and PenTangle Studio, as well as supporting member households.

Admission is by suggested donation of $35 per person. Reservations are required.

Contact the Friends of Music office for more information at 802-254-3600 or office@fomag .org.


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