Vermont Sings for Peace XI (September 22, 2018)
- ♿ Saturday, September 22 at 7:30pm, The Chapel of Saint Michael the Archangel, Saint Michael’s College, Colchester VT 05439
Ten years since its founding by Robert De Cormier, Counterpoint’s annual choral festival continues, with performance by the Harwood Union High School Honors Choir (Duxbury), the Slate Valley Singers (Poultney), the Mad River Chorale (Waterbury), and the Vermont Chamber Artists (Sharon), all raising their voices for peace and justice. Admission is free, but donation will be collected for Kids4Peace Vermont, a remarkable interfaith movement dedicated to bringing together children from across political, racial, and ethnic lines.
Six Degrees (October 2018-May 2019)
During the 2018-2019 season, Counterpoint will team with local schools to offer a multidisciplinary program about climate change. Through music, narration, and video, Six Degrees will educate students how climate change threatens our survival and how green alternatives, renewables, and sustainability can address these dangers. The title refers to the rise in world temperatures of six degrees Celsius that would imperil life on our planet, and also to the “six degrees of separation” that connect all of humanity. The school-day workshops with elementary, middle, and high school students will include singing, discussion, and video presentations, and will culminate in concerts open to the public. Because all six inhabited continents are ravaged by climate change, the program includes songs from across the globe, concluding with a celebration of nature in balance.
Christmas with Counterpoint (December 2, 2018)
- ♿ Sunday, December 2 at 3:00pm, The Episcopal Cathedral of Saint Paul, 2 Cherry St, Burlington VT 05401 (tickets available at the door: $20 adults / $15 seniors / $5 students and limited means)
Counterpoint welcomes organist Susan Summerfield as we ring in the holiday season with classic carols, new seasonal music, and of course, a carol sing-along.
Christmas with Counterpoint and the Vermont Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet (December 19-23, 2018)
- ♿ Wednesday, December 19 at 7:30pm, The Warren United Church, Warren VT 05674
- ♿ Friday, December 21 at 7:30pm, United Church of Newport, 63 Third St, Newport VT 05855
- ♿ Saturday, December 22 at 5:00pm, The White Church, 55 Main St, Grafton VT 05146
- ♿ Sunday, December 23 at 4:00pm, First Congregational Church, 3624 Main St, Manchester VT 05254
This year’s program features classic Christmas carols arranged by Robert De Cormier, classic seasonal works for choir and brass, a stunning new setting of Nancy Tillman’s beloved children’s book On the Night You Were Born by Upper-Valley-based composer Travis M. Ramsey, and a world premiere by Brookfield composer Erik Nielsen.
Beyond the Frame: Depiction of a Dream – A Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with the Vermont Youth Orchestra (January 20, 2019)
- ♿ Sunday, January 20, 2019, at 3:00pm, The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, 153 Main St, Burlington VT 05401 ($17 adults, $12 students. Click here for more program and ticket information.)
Counterpoint serves as a special musical guest on the winter concert of the Vermont Youth Orchestra. To celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s 90th birthday, Counterpoint will perform spirituals and songs associated with the Civil Rights Movement, including arrangements by Harry T. Burleigh, William Levi Dawson, Moses Hogan, and Robert De Cormier. The orchestra will perform a tribute to Dr. King by Duke Ellington, a movement from Antonín Dvořák’s New World Symphony, and the festive opening movement of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1.
Choral Music and Solo Songs by Composers at the University of Vermont (April 6, 2019)
- ♿ Saturday, April 6, 2019, at 7:30pm, The University of Vermont Recital Hall, 392 S Prospect St, Burlington, VT 05405
Counterpoint performs choral works and solo songs by David Feurzeig, Patricia Julien, and Matt LaRocca, all faculty members at the University of Vermont.