Peter Yarrow Benefit at Ohavi Zedek Synagogue
- Saturday, May 12th at 8:30 pm, Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, 188 North Prospect Street, Burlington, VT
Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul and Mary fame) will be performing a benefit concert at Ohavi Zedek Synagogue in Burlington on Saturday, May 12th at 8:30 pm. Peter’s songs will mostly be drawn from of the trio’s iconic repertoire including ‘Puff, the Magic Dragon’, ‘If I Had a Hammer’, ‘Blowing in the Wind’ and ‘Light One Candle’ as well as some of Peter’s recently written songs. Peter promises that almost all the songs will be sing-alongs, assuring us a joyous evening of family togetherness and fun.
The concert will also be a tribute to Vermont’s beloved and greatly-missed Robert De Cormier, who was Peter, Paul and Mary’s Musical Director for over 25 years. Peter will be singing a portion of the evenings songs with Counterpoint. The evening will also include some shared information about an exciting project that Peter is associated with, the creation of Peace University, centered in Vermont and focusing on reconciliation and healing around the globe.
We are pleased to offer special VIP tickets that include front section seating for the concert, a private after-concert party, a photo opportunity with Peter Yarrow and a signed copy of Peter’s illustrated “Puff, the Magic Dragon” book, on which Peter will write a personal dedication to party attendees.
Tickets are available here.
Flowers of the Field
- TBD Friday, July 20th and Saturday, July 21st at 7pm, First Congregational Church of Lebanon or Unitarian Church of Montpelier
- Sunday, July 22nd at 4pm, Church on the Hill, Lawrence Hill Road, Weston, VT
- Monday, July 23rd at 8pm, Caledonia Grange #9, Church Street, East Hardwick, VT
Flowers of the Field is a varied and inspiring program of classical choral works accompanied by Elizabeth Reid, violist and Paul Orgel, pianist.
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), New Work (2018) – We round out the program with a world premiere by a rising Vermont composer who is himself a violist and choral director.
…plus short works by Michael Ippolito, Tawnie Olson & Anna Scoppetone.
Born in New York City, PAUL ORGEL has concertized throughout the United States, China and Eastern Europe as a recitalist, soloist with orchestra, and chamber musician. Critics have praised his playing for its “subtlety and attention to nuance,” “rare pathos,” and “brilliant technique, sense of humor and fantasy.” A versatile musician with wide-ranging interests and an extremely varied repertoire, Orgel has specialized in Czech music, performing programs of the complete piano music of Janáček and music from Terezín. As a chamber musician, has collaborated with such artists as Jaime Laredo, Soovin Kim, the Chicago String Quartet, and the Quartetto di Venezia. He is currently on the faculty of the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival.
Violist ELIZABETH REID is is in high demand as a musician in Vermont with her playing has been described as having a “deep and expressive sound” and a “natural musicality.” Reid is principal violist of the Middlebury Opera Orchestra, as well as playing regularly with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Burlington Chamber Orchestra, TURNmusic, and Arioso. Ms. Reid has a strong interest in contemporary music and has been involved in various premieres of solo and chamber works in Canada and the US. Recently she performed a solo viola show at ArtsRiot in Burlington, Vermont, including electronic works of American, Canadian, and Finnish composers.
MATT LAROCCA is a composer, conductor and educator who holds a B.A. from Middlebury College and a DMA in composition from Boston University. He is the music director of the Champlain Philharmonic Orchestra and South Burlington Community Choir, and the Executive Director of Music-COMP, a Vermont organization that teaches composition to elementary through high school students. Committed to new music and innovation, Matt is the Artistic Curator of the Vermont Symphony’s Jukebox concert series. As a composer, Matt’s work has been commissioned by groups such as the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, the Metropolitan Wind Symphony, the New Jersey Youth Symphony and the Great Falls Symphony Orchestra.