Sarasa Ensemble comes to Brattleboro Music Center

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BRATTLEBORO — The Brattleboro Music Center will feature classical music from The Sarasa Ensemble at 7:30 p.m. tonight.

The Sarasa Ensemble was founded in 1998 with its core mission to bring free classical music to underserved populations in conjunction with its regular subscription public concerts. A hallmark of Sarasa's concerts and outreach is the collaboration of musicians from the U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia.

Based in Cambridge, Mass., Sarasa has a long history in Brattleboro and in Putney — where Director Timothy Merton grew up. He taught cello at the BMC in the early days when the music school was at Cathy Stockman's house. Merton observed, "It is an inspiring experience to perform in the new concert hall of the Brattleboro Music Center. Our upcoming September program is a great opportunity to hear three of the Bach Cello Suites in a wonderful acoustic!"

Sarasa's connection to the BMC continues as a 2019-20 season guest, in which they will be performing three special programs all on period instruments. Tonight's opening program for the 2019-20 concert season explores the depth of J.S. Bach's solo cello suites alongside the charm and tunefulness of Giacobbe Cervetto's trios. The program includes J.S. Bach's Suite No. 2 in D minor, Suite No. 1 in G major, and Suite No. 3 in C major, all for solo cello; and Cervetto's Trio II in B-flat major Allegro, Trio IV in C major Vivace, and Trio VI in C minor Adagio - Alla breve - Minuetto I & II. Performers are Timothy Merton, Jennifer Morsches, and Phoebe Carrai.

On Friday, Nov. 29, the featured show is Dynamic Duos: Partnerships of the Baroque, with works by Vivaldi, Tartini, Vandini, Corelli, Pietro Boni, Sylvius Leopold Weiss & H ndel. This program surveys some of the many partnerships that sprang up during the Baroque era between famous violinist-composers and their favorite cellists, producing a wealth of instrumental sonata repertoire.

Alison Bury, violin; Richard Earle, oboe; Jennifer Morsches, piccolo cello; Timothy Merton, cello; Michael Leopold, theorbo

The final performance on Friday, Jan. 17, 2020 will be Viola, Viola! Mozart & Brahms Viola Quintets. This program indulges in the instrumental combination of two violins, two violas and cello, highlighting the beauty of the middle voice. It includes Mozart String Quintet No. 4 in G minor, K. 516 and Brahms String Quintet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 111. Performers will include Rodolfo Richter, Susannah Foster, violins; Jenny Stirling, Jason Fisher, violas; Timothy Merton, cello

All of the concerts begin at 7:30 p.m.

For ticket information, contact the Brattleboro Music Center at 802-257-4523, visit the website at www.bmcvt.org or stop by the Center at 72 Blanche Moyse Way.

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