Joint Concert with the Choir of Downing College, Cambridge (July 11, 2018)
This is a rare opportunity to hear a superb choir in the English choral tradition right in Chittenden County. Their repertory will include Renaissance masterworks by Tallis and Byrd, Monteverdi and Palestrina, as well as gems of the Anglican repertory by S. S. Wesley, C. V. Stanford, and Charles Wood.
- ♿ Wednesday, July 11 at 7:00pm, United Methodist Church, 21 Buell St, Burlington VT (tickets available at the door: $20 adults / $15 seniors / $5 students and limited means)
Flowers of the Field (July 18-23, 2018)
- ♿ Wednesday, July 18 at 7:30pm, United Methodist Church, 21 Buell St, Burlington VT (open rehearsal: admission by donation)
- ♿ Friday, July 20th at 7:30pm, Unitarian Church of Montpelier, 130 Main Street, Montpelier VT (tickets available at the door: $20 adults / $15 seniors / $5 students and limited means)
- ♿ Saturday, July 21st at 7:30pm First Congregational Church of Lebanon, 10 South Park Street, Lebanon NH 03766 (tickets available at the door: $20 adults / $15 seniors / $5 students and limited means)
- Sunday, July 22nd at 4:00pm, Church on the Hill, Lawrence Hill Road, Weston VT 05161 (click here for ticket information) – Note: This concert will have a slightly different program, without the works calling for piano.
- Monday, July 23rd at 7:30pm, Caledonia Grange #9, Church Street, East Hardwick VT 05836 (click here for ticket information)
Flowers of the Field is a varied and inspiring program of classical choral works accompanied by violist Elizabeth Reid and pianist Paul Orgel:
- Leoš Jánaček (1854-1928), Říkadla (Nursery Rhymes) (1926) – Rarely performed, this set of eighteen witty miniature settings of Czech nursery rhymes is a characteristically youthful and charming product of the composer’s sensationally productive final years.
- Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958), Flos Campi (1925) – A suite for viola, piano, and wordless chorus based on the Biblical Song of Songs; one of the English composer’s finest creations, alternately rhapsodic and vigorous, and closing with a vision of transcendence.
- Matthew LaRocca (b. 1980), Alchemy (2018) – We round out the program with the world premiere of a setting of a poem by Sara Teasdale by a rising Vermont composer who is himself a violist and choral director.
- Plus short works by Ernest Bloch, Michael Ippolito, Tawnie Olson, and Richard Stoehr.
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.
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), and the Vermont Concert 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.
Christmas with Counterpoint (December 2, 2018)
- ♿ Sunday, December 2 at 3:00pm, The Episcopal Cathedral of Saint Paul, 2 Cherry St, Burlington VT 05401
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.
A Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with the Vermont Youth Orchestra (January 20, 2019)
Information coming soon!
Choral Music and Solo Songs by Composers at the University of Vermont (April 6, 2019)
Information coming soon!