EOS Project presents ‘Rising Seed’ at BMC

BRATTLEBORO — The Brattleboro Music Center's EOS Project, which stands for Educate, Open, and Strengthen, presents “Rising Seed,” on Saturday, Nov. 5.

The 7 p.m. concert will feature Junko Watanabe, soprano; Susan Dedell, piano; Greg Diehl, violin; Heather Sommerlad, violin; Ashleigh Gordon, viola; and Julie Carew, cello.

Performed works will include Tania León's “Oh Yemanja,” Jessie Montgomery's “Source Code,” Daniel Bernard Roumain's “I made up my mind not to move,” Adolphus Hailstork's “Two Romances for Viola and Piano,” and Florence Price's “Dawn's Awakening,” “Hold Fast to Dreams,” and “We Have Tomorrow.”

As BMC Artist-in-Residence Ashleigh Gordon, who curated the concert, explained in a news release, “Drawing inspiration from Zimbabwean author Matshona Dhliwayo's reminder: 'When people try to bury you, remind yourself you are a seed,' Rising Seed explores lineage, memory, and resilience. Through music and audience participation, the program pays homage to Yoruban water goddesses, Black inspiration, ancestral love, and the charge to build a hopeful future.”

Created at the BMC in the spring of 2020, the EOS Project's mission is “to open new doors and allow our community to explore what and who we've been missing - namely, composers who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, as well as those who identify as anything other than cis male.”

Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door, and are available through the BMC website at or by calling 802-257-4523.

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