Black Bird trio to perform for Love's Harvest

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WEST BRATTLEBORO — At 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, tri-state fans of Early Music are invited to All Souls Church for Love's Harvest, a benefit concert of airs, arias, madrigals, and tonos by the Night's Black Bird trio from Allentown, Pa.

Admission at the door is $15 per person and includes a gala reception; proceeds will help support ASC community-based programs and the Meeting House.

Night's Black Bird, founded in 2017, first performed at All Souls in March 2018. This year's program of 16th- and 17th-century songs, with accompaniment on lute, Baroque guitar, and bass viola da gamba, includes works by John Dowland, Thomas Campion, Giulio Caccini, Lucretia Vizana, Francesca Caccini, Jos Mar n, Barbara Strozzi, and Juan Hidalgo.

Members of Night's Black Bird include Elizabeth Conner, bass viola da gamba, who received her B.M. in double bass performance at New England Conservatory and her M.M. at the University of Michigan. Her parents now live in Halifax and attend All Souls Church.

Ted Conner, lute and Baroque guitar, holds a B.A. from Johns Hopkins, a B.M. from New England Conservatory, a M.M. from the University of Michago, and a Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut. Conner is Professor of Music at Muhlenberg College, where he directs the Collegium Musicum and the Jazz Ensemble.

Katherine Kaiser, voice, holds a Ph.D. in music history and theory, and has taught at Stony Brook University and Kutztown University. She is a member of the Bach Choir of Bethlehem and has performed with the New York Continuo Collective and the Leipziger Vocalensemble, among other noted ensembles.

All Souls Church, West Village Meeting House, is at 29 South St. For more information, call the church office weekday mornings at 802-254-9377.

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