Co-opera to benefit two Transition Town groups

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DUMMERSTON - "Save the Secret of the Seasons" will be performed by John Ungerleider and Bill Conley on Friday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m., at the Dummerston Congregational Church in Dummerston Center, as a benefit for newly forming Transition Town groups in Brattleboro and Dummerston.

The musical duo will be joined by jazz pianist Jacob Ungerleider and Eben Viens.

"Save The Secret Of The Seasons" is a participatory musical experience - a "Co-opera" - that stimulates audience members to address their relationship to global warming and climate change.

Based on songs written by John Ungerleider and Conley for the Copenhagen climate conference in December 2009, the Co-opera is a musical, reflective journey that engages the audience with the external and internal challenges that global climate change is bringing to our lives.

Speaking about his reason for creating the Co-opera, Ungerleider says "Facing the overwhelming reality of global warming understandably causes fear, denial and paralysis. Music can help us manage the psychological challenges to initiating individual and collective action in response."

"Secret Of The Seasons" YouTube videos can be found on the Envirobeat blog: http://envirobeat.com/?p=1865, and at http://www. youtube.com/watch?v=KbPeB-tKR3Q&NR=1.

The suggested donation for the event is $10, which will go toward the costs of the Transition Town Training weekend on Dec. 9-11.

Thousands of communities around the world are becoming Transition Towns, exploring and using this positive, solutions-focused approach to concerns about Peak oil, energy costs, climate disruption and the changes that lie ahead. In Vermont, eight towns, including Putney, have started Transition Initiatives to increase local resilience and economic vitality - joined by 24 in Western Massachusetts and one in New Hampshire.

For information about the concert or the Transition Town initiative, contact Susanna Griefen at susanna@griefen.com or 802-257-0544. The church is wheelchair-accessible.

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