Social Band celebrates 10 years of song

BURLINGTON Social Band, Burlington's lively band of singers, presents Tried and True Celebrating 10 Years of Social Band. This retrospective program features favorite choral works from the group's now extensive and eclectic repertoire, including contemporary pieces by Vermont composers Don Jamison, Pete Sutherland and Tom Cleary; classic works by Guillaume Machaut and William Byrd and striking world music choral selections. Saturday, Nov. 1, 7:30 p.m. at the United Church of Hinesburg Sunday, Nov. 2, 7:30 p.m. at the Richmond Free Library Saturday, Nov. 8, 7:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Bristol Sunday, Nov. 9, 3 p.m. at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Burlington (presented by Cathedral Arts, www.cathedralarts.org) Social Band was founded in 1998 to explore the diverse repertoires of traditional, early and contemporary music. Over the years, their enthusiasm for commissioning and performing contemporary works has shaped the character of the group and led it on a path to varied and inspiring choral music. This best of program reflects this evolution strongly, featuring several favorites from the acclaimed 2005 Vermont Composers Project, including Betsy Brighams The End of Sadness, a setting of a text by 13th century poet Rumi, Tom Clearys blithely wise Apple Tree, and Bob Kellers rousing A Digger Song. The program will balance the contemporary by harkening back to early New England choral roots with several fiery shape-note tunes including the tune that gave Social Band its name - and will be rounded out by works from some of the all-time choral writing greats, including Machaut and Byrd. As always, these diverse selections will be woven together to make a program that appeals to the spirit and the intellect, filled with choral works that have been tried and been found to ring true in every sense of the word. Directed by Amity Baker of Burlington, the 22 members of the group hail from throughout Chittenden, Addison, Washington and Franklin Counties. Admission is by suggested donation of $15, and advance tickets are available from the Flynn Regional Box Office, 802-86-FLYNN (863-5966), www.flynntix.org. Advance tickets for the Cathedral Arts performance are also available at Hopkins Bookshop. For more information, visit www.socialband.org, or call 802-658-8488.

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