BRATTLEBORO — The Sarasa Ensemble returns to the Brattleboro Music Center on Friday, May 12.
The Season Guest concert, set for 7 p.m. at the BMC, is “Take Four! Music for Cello Quartet.” With a tip of the hat to Dave Brubeck's famous ground-breaking hit, “Take Five,” Sarasa brings the cello to the fore in music arranged and written for four cellos.
It will feature a range of eras and styles, from Josquin des Prez and J. S. Bach, and Beethoven to Wagner, Fauré, and Brubeck (arranged by Eugene Friesen). Performers will include Jake Charkey, Myron Lutzke, Timothy Merton, and Jennifer Morsches.
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.