Victoria Chertok

Genevieve Redmond, 17, will choreograph her own work for the Brattleboro School of Dance’s annual spring show.

Honoring the darkness, unearthing the joy

Brattleboro School of Dance students prepare for annual spring show: ‘Shadows & Glimmers’

BRATTLEBORO-The Brattleboro School of Dance's annual spring show, "Shadows & Glimmers: An Evening of Dance," will feature more than 50 dancers, ages 6 to 72, who live, work, and attend school in the community.

"Evoking themes of shadows, where light and darkness meet, and glimmers, where inescapable joy bursts forth in our everyday lives, this show reflects and transforms our daily experiences, both individually and collectively, into works of art," says Bridget Struthers, in a recent phone call with The Commons about the 48th annual show, which takes place on May 17, 18, and 19.

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Musician sings of complex characters, distinct places

‘I like the tightrope walk of playing solo,’ says Margaret Glaspy, who performs in Brattleboro on Friday, May 10

BRATTLEBORO-Singer-songwriter Margaret Glaspy is having a moment in the spotlight. Her new EP The Sun Doesn't Think was released on April 26, less than a year after her critically acclaimed album Echo the Diamond emerged to garner national attention from The New York Times, NPR, The New Yorker, Rolling...

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‘The importance of this music is to bring people from all walks of life together’

Soloist Samirah Evans on music from the African diaspora and the concept of sankofa

BRATTLEBORO-Samirah Evans of Brattleboro ( will be a special guest soloist joining the Brattleboro Women's Chorus for the group's May 12 concert. The Commons caught up with her by phone recently to find out more. Here's an excerpt from the conversation. * * * Victoria Chertok: Hi, Samirah! What...

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‘I love finding songs that speak to me and sharing them with others’

BRATTLEBORO-The Commons met Brattleboro Women's Chorus Director Becky Graber at her home recently to talk about the chorus's upcoming spring concert, her long career, and what this repertoire means to her. Here's an excerpt of the conversation. Victoria Chertok: Tell me about your early career. How did you start the Brattleboro Women's Chorus? Becky Graber: I moved to Brattleboro in 1977, straight out of college. There was a folk music scene that was welcoming, and one of my first jobs...

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Honoring, and crediting, a rich musical heritage

BRATTLEBORO-The Brattleboro Women's Chorus spring concert, "Better Days," will showcase powerful and poignant songs by composers hailing from the African diaspora and will feature Brattleboro's own Samirah Evans as guest soloist. According to Graber, the concert, which takes place on Sunday, May 12, at the Latchis Theatre, was inspired by the teachings and repertoire of singer and composer Ysaÿe Barnwell and the work of the Black Lives Matter Commissioning Project. "The chorus aims to honor the rich cultural heritage and...

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For live musicians only

BRATTLEBORO-On a recent Monday night, The Commons stopped in to see and hear what all the fuss was about at the weekly Open Mic at the River Garden Marketplace at 157 Main St. There, 15 or so musicians - guitarists, banjo players, pianists, accordion players, and many singers - each awaited the chance to perform a 10-minute set of two or three songs for an audience of approximately 25 people. Kevin Parry, a local musician and teacher who has run...

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Joy factory

BRATTLEBORO-In 1999, when her daughters were young, Nancy Heydinger says she "wanted to find a way to ensure that they would grow up loving themselves, feeling complete." "I wanted them to celebrate and embrace their natural gifts, to know that what they communicated was of value, and to believe that they could make an important impact in their communities and in our world," the Vernon resident told The Commons. So Heydinger looked at opportunities for her daughters and found that...

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‘It was unlike anything I had experienced at that age’

BRATTLEBORO-Theresa Glabach, Girls on the Run Vermont board member, coaches the program at Putney Central School alongside physical education teacher Maddie Harlow. Glabach spoke with The Commons recently. Here is an excerpt from the conversation: Victoria Chertok: What was it about GOTRVT that drew you in initially? Theresa Glabach: I first came to Girls on the Run as a SoleMate [described on the GOTR website as a "community made up of passionate people raising money for Girls on the Run"].

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