The Brattleboro Women's Chorus will perform their spring concerts on Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5 at 4 pm outdoors at the Retreat Farm.
Join the chorus as Musical Director Becky Graber leads us in beautiful song & harmony in a concert entitled "Why Not Sing?". This will be the first in-person concerts the BWC has presented since 2019, so fingers crossed for good weather!
The concerts will feature songs the chorus has been working on this spring and includes some favorites from earlier sessions. Local musician Lisa McCormick will join the chorus on several songs, including “Tiny Lights” by Coco Love Alcorn and “Can You Catch the Moon” by Lisa Loeb and Elizabeth Mitchell. The chorus will also sing Velma Frye’s “Take Heart” and Terry Garthwaite’s “Shine On.” McCormick and the chorus will be joined by the ukulele orchestra on a premiere of Barbara McAfee’s song (and the concert title), “Why Not Sing?”
The chorus will also premiere “Everyone Sang,” a work for string quartet and chorus by founder and director Becky Graber. Graber set the powerful words Siegfried Sassoon wrote at the end of World War I and will be creating a YouTube video with the Brattleboro Women’s Chorus and local string players Kathy Andrew, Michelle Liechti, Greg Diehl, and Sabine Rhyne. The piece begins, “Everyone suddenly burst out singing, and I was filled with such delight as prisoned birds must find in freedom, winging wildly across the white orchards and dark green fields, on, on, and out of sight.” Presentation and recording of “Everyone Sang” is supported in part by the Vermont Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.
The Retreat Farm is a beautiful outdoor venue across from the Connecticut River in Brattleboro, with space for you to picnic and bring your own chairs or blankets to enjoy the concert. If we have to cancel a performance due to weather, we will post an announcement here, on our facebook page, and email ticket holders by 1:00 pm the day of the performance.
A NOTE ON KIDS AT OUR CONCERTS:
While we love when children come to our concerts, we ask that they don't become a distraction for singers or our listening audience who come for the music. We are also recording the concerts and want to minimize audience sounds. We realize some of you may have attended past performances outside at the Retreat Farm and know what a great venue it can be for kids to run free and play in the field or on the playground. For these concerts, however, the playground area will be closed until the end of the concert and we are asking that children stay with their parents/guardians during the performance. Thank you for your understanding.
Tickets are sold on a sliding scale of $15-$25 per person. Kids 10 and under are $10.
PURCHASE TICKETS HERE or at the ticket tent at Retreat Farm (cash/check only at the farm).
If you would like to join the BWC we will be starting again in September 2022. Various in-person and Zoom rehearsals should be available. Read more about joining here!
The Brattleboro Women’s Chorus presents concerts twice a year, the weekend before Thanksgiving and Mother's Day weekend. Concerts consist of songs from various traditions and are mixed in with readings and poetry to fit the "theme." Local musicians also accompany the chorus.