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Heliand Consort performs three concerts for woodwind trio to welcome the New Year in January 2017. In a program titled “Crossing the Bar”, the group explores the relationship between classical and folk music, with selections ranging from Flemish Renaissance folk songs to music of Dvorak and Gershwin.
Flutist Berta Frank, oboist Katie Oprea, and clarinetist Elizabeth LeBlanc are inspired by composers like Dvorak and Bartok, who used folk elements from their cultures in their own compositions. The folk theme continues as the musicians perform as vocalists in traditional folk songs of the British Isles and a setting of Alfred Lord Tennyson’s “Crossing the Bar.”
Celebrating their tenth season, Heliand Consort brings spirited classical music to audiences around Vermont. Its members, all long-time Vermont residents, are committed to presenting engaging programs which combine great classical repertoire with song and story. Their season opened in October with a collaborative benefit concert for Head Start featuring student ensembles from local schools. The Consort has recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to to support its April 2017 production of “2 Moon Smile”, a chamber opera by Australian composer Padma Newsome. The season finale in June features their woodwind quintet performing its annual Vermont tour. More information on Heliand Consort and upcoming programs may be found at www.heliandconsort.org, or by calling (802) 735-3611.