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Cellist and singer-songwriter to perform at MSA

Tickets for the concert are $20, with reservations available by contacting MSA at or calling 802-869-2960.

SAXTONS RIVER—Cellist Eugene Friesen and singer-songwriter Elizabeth Rogers will ring in the holiday season at Main Street Arts with a CD-release concert Saturday, Nov. 30, at 7:30 p.m.

The duo will bring a soulful collaboration to a repertoire of Celtic-infused holiday songs and instrumentals from their new recording, Down in Yon Forest, featuring such classics as The Holly and the Ivy, I Wonder as I Wander, and less-familiar songs of the season.

Rogers’ crystal-clear soprano and Friesen’s cello, with Irish whistle, guitar and harp, will breathe new life into old songs.

Friesen has performed on six continents, playing his own blend of original and improvisational music. He is a four-time Grammy-award winner as a member of the Paul Winter consort and is on the faculty of the Berklee College of Music in Boston. He is the author of Improvisation for Classical Musicians.

Friesen is active internationally as a concert and recording artist, composer, conductor, and teacher and has worked and recorded with such diverse artists as Dave Brubeck, Martin Sexton, Toots Thielemans, Betty Buckley, Dar Williams, Will Ackerman, and Dream Theater.

Born and raised in Manhattan, Rogers now lives in southern Vermont. She sings original and traditional music that tells the stories of the large and small themes that run through a life. Her voice has been compared to Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell, and her music has been described as “transformational folk.”

From Main Street Arts, the duo will head to the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in Manhattan for holiday performances.

“We are delighted they have chosen Main Street Arts as the kickoff for their holiday concert tours,” said Abigail Golde, chair of the Music in Quarter Time classical music series at MSA.

A reception for the musicians and light refreshments will follow the concert.

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Originally published in The Commons issue #538 (Wednesday, November 27, 2019). This story appeared on page B1.

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