Cellist, singer-songwriter release holiday CD

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SAXTONS RIVER — Cellist Eugene Friesen and singer/songwriter Elizabeth Rogers will bring in the holiday season at Main Street Arts with a CD release concert at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 30.

The duo will bring a soulful collaboration to a repertoire of Celtic-infused holiday songs and instrumentals from their new recording "Down in Yon Forest," featuring such classics as"The Ivy and the Holly," "I Wonder as I Wander" and less well-known songs of the season.

Friesen has performed on six continents, playing his own blend of original and improvisational music. He is a four-time Grammy-award winner as a member of the Paul Winter Consort and is on the faculty of the Berklee College of Music in Boston. He is the author of "Improvisation for Classical Musicians." He is active internationally as a concert and recording artist, composer, conductor and teacher and has worked and recorded with such diverse artists as Dave Brubeck, Martin Sexton, Toots Thielemans, Betty Buckley, Dar Williams, Will Ackerman, and Dream Theater.

Born and raised in Manhattan, Rogers now lives in southern Vermont. She sings original and traditional music that tells the stories of the large and small themes that run through a life. Her voice has been compared to Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell, and her music has been described as "transformational folk."

"We are delighted they have chosen Main Street Arts as the kickoff for their holiday concert tours," said Abigail Golde, chairwoman of the Music in Quarter Time classical music series at Main Street Arts.

Tickets are $20 and reservations are available at mainstreetarts.org or by calling 802-869-2960. A reception for the musicians and light refreshments will follow the concert.

Main Street Arts is at 35 Main St. in Saxtons River.

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