Big Woods Voices to perform at Manitou

WILLIAMSVILLE — The Manitou Project will offer a musical experience with Big Woods Voices (BWV) on Sunday, Aug. 13, at 3 p.m., in the woods on Manitou's forest land.

BWV celebrates a cappella vocal harmony through arrangements grown from American roots genres, world folk styles, poets old and new, and BWV member Will Danforth's deep creative well. "From heart-stopping to foot-stomping, prayerful to fun-filled, dissonant to dulcet, Big Woods Voices interweaves harmony and dissonance in riveting and melodic soundscapes," they say.

The quartet shared these comments from their audience: "The music last night was extraordinary. [...] The exquisite care each of the four of you put in, your combined harmonic sound, your humility, your bright spirits sending out the hope we are thirsty for. Each song was a jewel, a treasure" and "Singing sublime; songs sophisticated and meaningful; altogether a 'pinch me, I'm in southern Vermont' experience!"

The Voices (from high to low) are Amanda Witman, founder of the Brattleboro Pub Sing; Becky Graber, director of the Brattleboro Women's Chorus; Will Danforth, an award-winning, multi-instrumental solo acoustic artist and a member of the Brattleboro Camerata; and Alan Blood, longtime member of area groups such as the Blanche Moyse Chorale, I Cantori, Blue Moon, and House Blend.

The experience is by free will offering, with a suggested $10–25 donation.

Manitou is located at 300 Sunset Lake Rd. in Williamsville; 1.4 mi. up Sunset Lake Rd. from Williamsville Road (sign on right), or 5.6 mi. on Sunset Lake Road from Route 9 in West Brattleboro. For more information, call 802-258-8598, or visit

This The Arts item was submitted to The Commons.

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