Concert: A cappella
BRATTLEBORO — Tickets are on sale now for Brattleboro's 15th Annual Collegiate A Cappella Concert, a benefit for the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center taking place at the Latchis Theatre on Saturday, Feb. 3 at 7:30 p.m. Sponsored by Brattleboro Savings & Loan, the concert features eight singing groups from around New England — six groups whose members include "hometown singers" from southern Vermont and two perennial favorites from Tufts University. Tickets ($20-$50) are available online at brattleboromuseum.org.
One of Brattleboro's most popular annual cultural events, the Collegiate A Cappella Concert was launched in 2004 by Dede Cummings, then a trustee of the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center (BMAC). Cummings arranged for the Brown University Jabberwocks, of which her son, Sam Carmichael, was a member, and other groups with local connections to perform in Brattleboro, and a lasting tradition was born.
"I think the popularity of this event stems from several factors," said BMAC Director Danny Lichtenfeld. "First of all, the performances are always really entertaining. On top of that, the 'hometown kid' element is very special. Seeing these young adults who grew up in and around Brattleboro come back home with their college groups is truly heartwarming. It's a real testament to our community's extraordinary school music programs and other local resources, such as New England Youth Theater, Brattleboro Music Center, and Vermont Jazz Center."
The 2018 concert lineup includes the CharlieChords of Berklee College of Music (featuring Ian Epstein, BUHS '16), Dartmouth Decibelles (featuring Breanna Sheehan, BUHS '16), UMaine Renaissance (featuring Julia Waldron, BUHS '15), UMaine Farmington Clefnotes (featuring Vanessa Brown, BUHS '16), UVM Top Cats (featuring Zeb Hathaway, BUHS '16), and UVM Zest (featuring Emma Urbaska, Leland & Gray '17), as well as the Tufts Amalgamates and Tufts Beelzebubs.
Although the two Tufts groups do not technically have "hometown singers," both have strong ties to Brattleboro and its annual Collegiate A Cappella Concert. The Amalgamates count among their alumni Brattleboro natives Sean Ryan and Aurora Phillips. The Beelzebubs have participated in the concert since 2008, when Brattleboro's Penn Rosen joined the group as a freshman and Lichtenfeld, a former Beelzebub, became Director of BMAC.
The 15th Annual Collegiate A Cappella Concert is generously sponsored by Brattleboro Savings & Loan, with additional support from The Richards Group, Berkley & Veller Greenwood Country Realtors, and Mary Meyer Toys. Brattleboro Community TV is the media sponsor and will record the concert for future broadcast.
Founded in 1972, the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center presents rotating exhibits of contemporary art, complemented by lectures, artist talks, film screenings, and other public programs. The museum's galleries and gift shop are open every day except Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Regular admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $4 for students. Members and children 18 and under are admitted free of charge. Located in historic Union Station in downtown Brattleboro, at the intersection of Main Street and Routes 119 and 142, the museum is wheelchair accessible. For more information, call 802-257-0124 or visit brattleboromuseum.org.
Major support for BMAC is provided by its members, Allen Brothers Oil, C&S Wholesale Grocers, David Walter Goldsmith & Platinumsmith, the Four Columns Inn, People's United Bank, Sam's Outdoor Outfitters, and Whetstone Station Restaurant & Brewery.
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