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Southern Vermont Lyric Theatre celebrates music of Verdi

General admission is $15. For more information about the concert or to reserve tickets, call 802-874-4220 or visit www.southernvermontlyrictheatre.com.

GRAFTON—Southern Vermont Lyric Theatre presents its fourth annual “Verdi in Vermont” concert at the Grafton Church. This year, two concerts will be offered: Saturday, Oct. 7, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 8, at 3 p.m.

The annual concert celebrates one of the most famous of all Italian opera composers: Giuseppe Verdi. Born on October 9 or 10, 1813, Verdi wrote 25 operas that have become the most performed by any operatic composer. Not only was Verdi an influential composer, but he spent about 20 years involved in Italian politics.

Featured soloists for the concert include sopranos Michelle DeCoste and Amy Suznovich, who recently performed with SVeLT for their August production of La Bohème. Tenor James Anderson, international opera singer and resident of Brattleboro, also will perform, according to a news release.

Baritone Nick Tocci and bass Peter Campbell, who were also seen in La Bohème, will be returning to Grafton. Mezzo Soprano Geralyn Donohue, from Chester, will present a few arias. SVeLT co-founders, soprano Julie and pianist Ken Olsson, are also featured on the concert.

The concert will include scenes and arias from some of Verdi’s most beloved operas: Aïda, Don Carlos, La forza del destino, Otello, Rigoletto, and La Traviata. Throughout the concert, Baritone Steve Curylo, who is a featured singer, will present mini lectures to help concertgoers learn more about Verdi’s life and times.

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Tamara Stenn (Brattleboro, Vermont, US) says...

Thanks for writing this Elayne. I was thinking the same thing myself. The silence we received from the hospital is quite deafening. Unfortunately we\'ve had to continue working with the hospital as other (minor) heath issues come up.

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Judith Skillman (Newcastle, US) says...

Excellent and informative writing about the media and about the state of our nation. We must support the press speak truth to power, now more than ever before.

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Ruby Bode (Westminster, Vermont, US) says...

We are also obliged to criticize the press when they merely echo the lies of the powerful. In this case, much of the press has taken a side, not just against the policies of the President, but against the election itself on behalf of the parties of war and Wall St. Just as the US has in the past agitated in other countries for coups against democratic outcomes they don’t like, much of the press, including this editorial, is now agitating for a coup here at home.

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Peter Ford (Dallas) says...

Nailed it - Thank you.

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TB Smith (Ba, Oklahoma, US) says...

The divisiveness brought on by this shamefully poor excuse for a president has been once again, borne out by this article, and the responses to it .. his most devoted followers are the most gullible and easily swayed sheeple since the \"Kool-Aid party in Jonestown\" ... those who stand up the most fervently to this dictator \"wanabe\", will , inthe end, see him and the fellow purveyors of his garbage rhetoric like FOX News, Alex Jones, Breitbart, etc., crumble and be dumped like stale crackers (pardon the pun) .. we must impeach this tyrant before too much damage is done, either from within or outside our borders.

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Ruby Bode (Westminster, Vermont, US) says...

So it’s OK that access to outlets that simply recognize Trump as President is indeed being shut down? But isn’t that exactly what this editorial is against? Should outlets that cheered on Obama’s wars and love of Wall St have likewise been shut down? Only John Birch Society–inspired screeds against Trump indicate the “legitimate” press?

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TB Smith’s comment in apparent support of the us-vs-them tone of this editorial illustrates why so many people distrust so much of the press (although, again, it appears to be only pro-Trump and anti-imperialist outlets that are actually being shut down): They are promulgating hysterical claims about fascism, Russians, and “crackers” not in the interest of the people, but wholly on behalf of the neoliberal/neoconservative program of Reagan, Clinton, Bush, and Obama to deny Trump the Presidency and even remove him from office – not democratically, but by coup if necessary. That makes the press rather anti-democratic and, indeed, against the people.

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Amelia Stone (E Dummerston, Vermont, US) says...

Kudos to the Boston Globe for encouraging newspapers across the country to remind us all of the value of a free press, and to the Commons for hearing that call. The NYTimes article, A Free Press Needs You, concludes with the following: \"If you haven’t already, please subscribe to your local papers. Praise them when you think they’ve done a good job and criticize them when you think they could do better. We’re all in this together.\" Today I plan to subscribe.

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Originally published in The Commons issue #428 (Wednesday, October 4, 2017). This story appeared on page D4.

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