Music department's instrumental chamber ensembles perform

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BRATTLEBORO — The Brattleboro Union High School Music Department will present an evening of instrumental chamber ensembles on Jan. 11, at 7 p.m. The event will take place in the auditorium of the new Brattleboro Music Center facility on Blanche Moyse Way off Guilford Street. No admission will be charged.

This concert breaks the 65 musicians of the band into 16 chamber ensembles. This gives the students a more transparent setting and often creates the added responsibility of being the only player of their part. While some rehearsals include coaching from adult musicians (including BUHS music alumni), much of the preparation is done independently, challenging the students' musical problem solving skills. The program features eight woodwind ensembles, five brass, two percussion and a string quartet. This marks the first time that a string ensemble has been featured on this annual concert. It includes band members who double on the violin, viola and cello.

Many area musicians have served as coaches for these ensembles, including Rob Freeberg, Michelle Liechti, Kathy Andrew, Alison Hale, Patty Meyer, Gideon May, Judith Serkin and Kyra Johnston.

Parking for this concert is available at the BMC as well as in the parking lot for the Living Memorial Park across the street. For more information, call 802-451-3511.

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