Blanche Moyse 100th Birthday Tribute At The Old Tavern At Grafton

Submitted by the Brattleboro Music Center

On Sunday, September 20 at 8 p.m., at the Old Tavern at Grafton, the Brattleboro Music Center (BMC) and Windham Foundation will present a special concert celebrating the 100th birthday of BMC founder and southern Vermont musical pioneer Blanche Moyse.

An artist and audience reception of desserts, port and sherry follows the music.

From the arias of Handel and Bach to the steamy rhythms of Joaquin Turina, soprano Junko Watanabe, violinist Kathy Andrew, cellist Judith Serkin and pianist Susan Dedell, set the Blanche Moyse centennial year in motion.

Sunday's program includes two arias for soprano, violin obligato, and continuo of Bach.

Watanabe will also sing two songs of Argento and Quilter, respectively. Argento is a contemporary composer and Quilter is an English composer who treats traditional folk melodies with lush romantic harmonies.

In addition to this vocal music, Serkin, Andrew and Dedell will play the trio of Spanish composer Joaquin Turnina.

The program also includes a short trio written by the 10-year old W.A. Mozart.

Violinist Kathy Andrew is currently performing with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, The Vermont Symphony (Assistant Concertmaster), Opera North (Concertmaster), and for over 20 years played in the New England Bach Festival Orchestra.

She conducts the Music School's Senior Orchestra and is co-dean of the school.

Cellist Judith Serkin was one of the original teachers of the BMC and has been a longtime participant at both the Yellow Barn and Marlboro Music Schools and Festivals.

Pianist Susan Dedell is the Artistic Director of the Blanche Moyse Centennial Year Events, Director of the Brattleboro Concert Choir, Music Director at St. Michael's Episcopal Church, Brattleboro and maintains a lively piano studio at the BMC Music School, where she has taught since 1985.

The proceeds of this concert will benefit the BMC School.

Parking is available at the inn. Tickets, $10 per person, are available at the door. For those having dinner at The Old Tavern that evening, the concert is free. Call 843-2231 for dinner reservations or for additional information visit bmcvt.org or oldtavern.

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