BRATTLEBORO — Vocals will rattle the rafters of Brattleboro's Latchis Theatre at the 17th annual Collegiate A Cappella Concert, a benefit for the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center to be held Saturday, Feb. 8, at 7:30 p.m.
This year's lineup includes several newcomers to the annual concert: Northeastern University's Nor'easters, 2017 winners of the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella; the Vocal Suspects of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 2019 nominees for a Contemporary A Cappella Recording Award (CARA); and the multicultural, multi-genre Univoz Vocal Ensemble, which is based in Boston and features Brattleboro's own Ian Epstein. They will join the Williams College Ephlats, who performed in Brattleboro in 2015, and two other groups to be announced.
One of Brattleboro's most popular musical events, the annual Collegiate A Cappella Concert was launched in 2004 by Dede Cummings, then a trustee of BMAC. Cummings arranged for the Brown University Jabberwocks, of which her son, Sam Carmichael, was a member, and other groups with local connections to perform in Brattleboro, and a lasting tradition was born.
"As a former collegiate a cappella singer myself, I know how much it means to these young musicians to perform in such an amazing venue as the Latchis Theatre and in front of an audience as enthusiastic and appreciative as the one that comes out for this concert every year," BMAC director Danny Lichtenfeld said in a news release announcing the concert.
For the ninth year in a row, Brattleboro Savings & Loan is the concert's lead sponsor. Other sponsors include Berkley & Veller Greenwood Country Realtors, The Richards Group, Mary Meyer Toys, and media sponsor Brattleboro Community TV.
Tickets start at $10 and are available at brattleboromuseum.org or 802-257-0124, ext. 101.
The Feb. 8 collegiate concert at the Latchis Theatre will be preceded by the High School A Cappella Warm-Up Concert at BMAC on Friday, Feb. 7. During Gallery Walk on Friday, Feb. 7, at 7:30 p.m., local high school groups will perform in the Museum's Wolf Kahn & Emily Mason Gallery. Tickets are $5 at the door and free for youth 18 and under.