MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Community Music Center, in conjunction with the Middlebury Song Festival, will present the 2nd annual festival and concert series October 18th through the 20th.
With three concerts over three days, Middlebury Song Fest brings together singers and pianists from around the northeastern United States to explore the classical song repertoire, as well as engage with audiences and inspire creativity, reflection, and participation.
This year the fest will shine a light on women composers by making it the theme, featuring works by Vermont resident for many years, Gwyneth Walker, as well as presenting the Vermont debut of a newly commissioned work by Juliana Hall entitled Through the Guarded Gate, a song cycle devoted to the issues of social justice.
Other exciting selections include songs by Amy Beach, Fanny Mendelssohn, Alma Mahler and more.
From English to French, German to Argentinian, the fest will celebrate and honor the history and accomplishments of women song composers throughout the weekend.
Concert experiences will vary from intimate and reflective, to traditional and mixed media, to master classes and debuts of original music.
Friday: October 18, at 8:00 p.m.
An intimate salon performance featuring:
Francoise Clemmons and Cynthia Huard Ali Dawson Gibson and Sadie Brightman Sarah Cullins and Sammy Angstman.
Location: The Salon at Middlebury Community Music Center (6 Main Street, Middlebury, VT)
Saturday, October 19, at 8:00 p.m.
Featuring Guest Artist Performances By: Mary Bonhag & Marika Yasuda Ivy Walz & Diane Birr Helen Lyons & Elaine Greenfield
Location: Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society (2 Duane Court, Middlebury, VT)
Sunday, October 20
1:00 p.m. Master Class
4:00 p.m. Developing Artist Concert
A masterclass and concert for developing artists and students, taught by soprano Mary Bonhag
Location: The Salon at Middlebury Community Music Center (6 Main Street, Middlebury VT)