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Brandstatter honored with award for ‘soothingly peaceful’ music

BRATTLEBORO—Mainly Music Productions recently announced that Stephan Brandstatter, a local musician, composer, and percussionist, was awarded second place in the open age group (for entrants ages 12 and older) in Creative for Justice, a contest sponsored by the New England Arab American Organization (NEAAO).

Selected from multiple dozens of entries, his composition “Sounds of Peace,” performed on pitched brass bowls, was called “soothingly peaceful” by the contest judges. It will be included on his debut CD to be released later this year.

The NEAAO’s contest considered original creative works that, in their words, “[reflect] what social justice means to you.” Artists, poets, and musicians were invited to enter the contest, held in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

For more information about Brandstatter’s music, contact him at

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Originally published in The Commons issue #600 (Wednesday, February 17, 2021). This story appeared on page B2.

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