BMC concert series welcomes Sarasa Ensemble

BRATTLEBORO — The Brattleboro Music Center's Season Guest Concert Series welcomes the Sarasa Ensemble on Friday, Sept. 16.

The Sarasa Ensemble begins its season with “Female Torchbearers of the Baroque.” They say this performance highlights fantastic, yet neglected, music by women who set the Baroque music world alight with their compositions and performances.

The program features the works of Barbara Strozzi, Isabella Leonarda, Francesca Caccini, Antonia Bembo, and Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, outstanding composers who deservedly achieved a popular following usually reserved for their male counterparts.

Sarasa performers include Kristen Watson, soprano; Elicia Silverstein, violin; Jennifer Morsches, piccolo cello; Timothy Merton, cello; Michael Leopold, theorbo; and John McKean, harpsichord.

The Sarasa Ensemble is a collective 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.

The concert takes place at the BMC, located at 72 Blanche Moyse Way. Tickets are $20 general admission in advance, or $25 at the door. For tickets or more information, contact the BMC at 802-257-4523, email [email protected] or visit the BMC website at

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