Peter, Paul and Judith!


GUILFORD >> Every other year in the tiny southeast corner of Vermont music aficionados of all ages and gender gather and mingle to revel in a concert organized by Guilford Free Library trustees to benefit the Library. This year's program is called Springtime 'Cello Celebration, and will be held in the historic Guilford Center Meeting House on Saturday, May 30 at 7:30 p.m., featuring Peter, Paul and Judith! Peter Wiley, Paul Wiancko and Judith Serkin that is. The evening's program fashioned by Serkin consists of works by composers Boismortier, Purcell, Cervetto, Marcello, Kodaly, Haydn, Händel & Dotzauer, spanning four centuries.

Wiancko and Serkin performed together in the 'Cello Duo Concert that benefited the library in 2013, and now this year long-time friend and fellow 'cellist Peter Wiley will make it a trio.

Wiancko is a composer as well as a much-sought-after 'cellist. Wiancko and Serkin played one of his compositions at their 'cello duet concert two years ago. Paul lives in Brooklyn but loves fishing in Vermont's brooks and rivers. He was a participant at the Marlboro Music Festival for three years, during which time he and Serkin greatly enjoyed playing duets together.

Wiley and Serkin met as teenage 'cello students in David Soyer's first class at the Curtis Institute of Music. Peter is well known in this area as a longtime participant at the Marlboro Music Festival. He performed for many years with the Beaux Arts Trio, and then, later, with the Guarneri Quartet, touring around the world. He presently teaches at the Curtis Institute and Bard College.

Serkin was one of the founders of the Brattleboro Music School, in 1975. She continues to teach there, as well as at the New England Conservatory of Music's Preparatory Department. She studied at Curtis, has toured worldwide, and has been a participant at Yellow Barn. She is also a longtime Marlboro Music Festival participant.

To pull off an event of this caliber it takes a lot of talent, a lot of support and hard work, and Judith Serkin! According to library trustee Carol Schnabel, Serkin is always willing to put on a concert to benefit the library. Her connections with the Marlboro Music Festival ramps ups the quality level of the performance by allowing her to call upon world famous musicians who gladly donate their time for this extraordinary event when asked.

And, as always, the legendary dessert buffet will make its appearance after the performance for a sweet, sweet ending. Over 30 community members donate their time and energy to make their sought-after desserts, putting out a lovely spread, including gluten free.

Schnabel said, "I do highly recommend his wonderful event, and the Meeting House next to the library is such a lovely spot."

The proceeds from this event are to help keep Guilford's small town library in operation where, between its own collection and inter-library loan library, members can borrow almost any book in the state system. The library also has computers for people to work at and free wifi which can be accessed from outside even the library is closed. There are weekly pre-school story time, summer camps, reading groups and more.

Tickets to this year's 'Cello Celebration are $25 and includes the sumptuous spread of desserts after the concert. Tickets are available at the Guilford Free Library, Everyone's Books, by phone from Becky Anderson at 802-257-0064, and at the door. The musicians are all donating their time and talent for this concert.

The Guilford Center Meeting House is located at 4042 Guilford Center Road.

Contact Cicely M. Eastman at 802-254-2311 ext. 261.


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