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Heliand Consort’s “Summer Gathering” Tour of Vermont Takes Place July 23-26

Ensemble offers daytime shows designed for young children as well as evening concerts.

Heliand Consort celebrates midsummer and community with their “Summer Gathering” tour of Vermont, taking place July 23-26. This program belongs to a new series of programs of songs, chamber music and poetry inspired by the seasons in New England. The Vermont ensemble performs three daytime family shows designed especially for young children and youth in Jericho, Bakersfield, and Lyndonville, and four evening concerts in Underhill, Burlington, Sheldon and Lyndon.

Heliand Consort flutist Berta Frank, oboist Katie Oprea, and bassoonist Rachael Elliott perform music for woodwinds by Vivaldi, Telemann and Mozart, along with songs and solos from the Renaissance through modern eras.

The idea for the Summer Gathering series was inspired by the success of the ensemble’s new “Kindred Spirits” program, introduced this spring, in which the music of Johannes Brahms, Clara Schumann, and Robert Schumann is interspersed with readings from their letters to one another.

“Audiences have responded so enthusiastically to the mix of music and letters,” according to oboist Katie Oprea, who also plays on the Kindred Spirits program. “We’ve been experimenting with moving fluidly from short movements of music directly into the readings to create a seamless experience for the audience and performers. It’s been magical.”

Poetry selections for July include favorite seasonal poems by Robert Frost, Mary Oliver and others. Guest readers will be performing alongside the trio in each performance.

“Our audiences tell us that they love when we introduce our pieces and provide some context to the music they’re hearing,” says bassoonist Rachael Elliott, a founding member of Heliand Consort. “We’re having fun expanding our concerts beyond simply ‘sit, listen, and clap’ to be a more engaging experiences for the audience and performers alike.”

Heliand Consort is a woodwind and piano ensemble of native Vermonters or longtime residents.

Heliand Consort is a woodwind and piano ensemble of native Vermonters or longtime residents. Now in its 12th season, the group has appeared throughout Vermont and in New Hampshire, upstate New York, and three tours of North Carolina.

Heliand Consort’s “Summer Gathering” tour dates are: Tuesday, July 23 in Underhill; Wednesday, July 24 at the Ahavath Gerim Synagogue in Burlington; Thursday, July 25 at Grace Episcopal Church in Sheldon; and Friday, July 26 at York Street Meeting House in Lyndon. The concerts begin at 7:00 p.m. and are open and accessible to the public.

Featured photo by Paul Reynolds

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