Concert: Collegiate a cappella

Six groups with ties to the Brattleboro area to perform at the Latchis Theatre on Feb. 2

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Tickets on sale for Brattleboro's Annual Collegiate A Cappella Concert Feb. 2, 8 p.m., at the Latchis Theatre, 50 Main St. $15-$50, brattleboromuseum.org or 802-257-0124 x101

BRATTLEBORO — Tickets are now on sale for Brattleboro's 16th Annual Collegiate A Cappella Concert, a benefit for the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center taking place at the Latchis Theatre on Saturday, Feb. 2 at 7:30 p.m.

Sponsored by Brattleboro Savings & Loan, the concert features six singing groups from around New England — five whose members include "hometown singers" from southern Vermont and one perennial favorite from Tufts University. Tickets are $15 to $50 and are available at brattleboromuseum.org or 802-257-0124 x101.

The Feb. 2 concert lineup includes the CharlieChords of Berklee College of Music, featuring Ian Epstein, BUHS '16; Dartmouth Decibelles, featuring Breanna Sheehan, BUHS '16; UMaine Renaissance, featuring Julia Waldron, BUHS '15; UVM Top Cats, featuring Zeb Hathaway, BUHS '16; and UVM Zest, featuring Emma Urbaska, Leland & Gray '17; as well as the Tufts Beelzebubs, whose alumni include BMAC Director Danny Lichtenfeld.

One of Brattleboro's most popular annual cultural events, the 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.

"I think the popularity of this event stems from several factors," said BMAC Director Danny Lichtenfeld. "First of all, the performances are always really entertaining. On top of that, the 'hometown singer' element is very special. Seeing these young adults who grew up in and around Brattleboro come back home with their college groups is truly heartwarming. It's a real testament to our community's extraordinary school music programs and other local resources, such as New England Youth Theater, Brattleboro Music Center, and Vermont Jazz Center."

February's concert at the Latchis Theatre will be preceded by the High School A Cappella "Warm-Up" Concert at BMAC the previous night. During Gallery Walk on Friday, Feb. 1, local high school groups will perform in the museum's Wolf Kahn and Emily Mason Gallery. That concert takes place at 8 p.m. Tickets are free for youth 18 and under, $5 for everyone else, available at the door on a first-come, first-served basis.

The 16th Annual Collegiate A Cappella Concert is sponsored by Brattleboro Savings & Loan, with additional support from The Richards Group, Berkley & Veller Greenwood Country Realtors, and Mary Meyer Toys. Brattleboro Community TV is the media sponsor and will record the concert for future broadcast.

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