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St. Mary’s in the Mountains presents autumnal melodies at the Red Door

St. Mary’s in the Mountains is located at 13 East Main Street in Wilmington. More information is available at www.smmvt.org/red-door-concerts, or at the St. Mary’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/StMarysVT.

WILMINGTON—On Friday, Sept. 21, at 7:30 p.m., St. Mary’s in the Mountains will offer its annual musical dessert as a conclusion to the Deerfield Valley annual Wine & Harvest Festival’s “Wine & Soup Stroll.”

After enjoying Wilmington’s foods, wines, and shops during the early evening hours, visitors and neighbors are invited to gather at the historic main hall at St. Mary’s in Wilmington for desserts and a concert of classical and jazz works performed by members of the Brattleboro Music Center and friends.

Doors will open at 7 p.m., with desserts and coffee available. Admission to the concert is by donation, with all proceeds benefiting the Brattleboro Music Center.

For more than 60 years the Brattleboro Music Center has helped define the rich cultural life of southeastern Vermont by providing a full array of education, performance, and concert experiences for generations of residents. More information can be found at www.bmcvt.org.

The program this year includes many musicians who are part of the Music Center, offering an array of vocal and instrumental classical selections, as well as jazz tunes.

Among those who have volunteered their time and talents are Karen Horton, Rob Freeberg, and the Windham Orchestra Brass Quintet; Barbara Lipstadt; Robin Matathias (including leading BMC Flute Choir members Lynn Valente, Caitlin Sullivan, Jane Olmstead, Shelly Sparks, Sharyn Griffes, Ellen Chornoboy, Amanda Paradis, and David Flemming); Michelle Liechti; Jim and Kate Anderson; and other talented musicians.

Music will range from a Beethoven String Quartet, through Copland and Hoagy Carmichael, and will include a violin/organ duet, piano/flute pieces; works for horn ensembles, and vocal performances.

St. Mary’s is located in a 150-year old church building which recently refreshed its historic look. The distinctive sanctuary, where the concert will be held, provides a dynamic and warm place for music.

The church’s distinctive red doors inspired the name for this ongoing series, which includes Community Carol Sings, concerts of jazz and other styles, a musical potpourri of folk, classical, vocal, jazz, and other styles of music, and the annual celebration of Vermont’s Mud Season. All events benefit local community and charitable organizations.

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Originally published in The Commons issue #476 (Wednesday, September 12, 2018). This story appeared on page B3.

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