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Sarasa Ensemble presents ‘Music of the Madonna’ at BMC

BRATTLEBORO—The Brattleboro Music Center’s Season Guest Concert Series celebrates the return of the Sarasa Ensemble with “Music of the Madonna” on Friday, Jan. 13.

“No doubt the life of the Virgin Mary, the Madonna, has been a focal point of sacred music in Western classical music, especially in the Baroque era,” organizers say in a news release. This 7 p.m. concert at the BMC will feature two Marian Cantatas, as well as works for strings and continuo by Händel, Corelli, Rosenmüller, and Leonarda.

Performers include Meg Bragle, mezzo soprano; Elizabeth Blumenstock, Christina Day Martinson, and Jesse Irons, violins; Jenny Stirling, viola; Jennifer Morsches and Timothy Merton, cellos; and Michael Beattie, organ.

The Sarasa Ensemble is a collective group of international instrumentalists and vocalists who perform classical music of outstanding quality, spanning the 17th to the 21st centuries, on both period and modern instruments, and bring this music to diverse communities.

Through the ensemble’s outreach program in adolescent detention facilities, it is dedicated to bridging cultural, aesthetic, and economic barriers and providing incarcerated teenagers with opportunities for growth, self-expression, and enrichment through music.

Advance tickets are $20 general admission, and $25 at the door. For tickets or more information, contact the BMC at 802-257-4523, email or visit the BMC website at Please note BMC concert attendance requires masking for all attendees.

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Originally published in The Commons issue #697 (Wednesday, January 11, 2023). This story appeared on page B4.

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