EOS Project is 'Untethered' on Feb. 25

The Brattleboro Music Center's EOS (Educate, Open, Strengthen) Project presents "Untethered, Music for Violin and Cello," on Sunday, Feb. 25, at the BMC.

The 4 p.m. concert will feature music for unaccompanied violin and cello, exploring themes of connectedness. Audience members are invited to bring a sketch pad to draw or color during the performance.

Performing will be Heather Sommerlad on violin and Julie Carew on cello. Works will include "Three Question Marks" by Eric Lacy, "Shades for Cello" by Daijana Wallace, Baroque Suite for Unaccompanied Cello by Dorothy Rudd Moore, and other pieces contributing to the theme.

"When we think about unaccompanied music for violin and cello," explained Sommerlad in a news release, "we immediately think 'Bach.' There's a feeling of connectedness around the tradition of learning and performing unaccompanied Bach because everyone does so, like a rite of passage." "Untethered" aims to challenge the white, Euro-centric tradition, and urges the audience to "let go of what feels comfortable and embrace the vulnerability of learning."

The EOS Project was created at the BMC in the spring of 2020 "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."

EOS, under the direction of Sommerlad, and with the participation of BMC faculty and area musicians, seeks to study and perform this music in "a spirit of social justice and a desire to add to our understanding of great art."

Tickets are $20 in advance via, 802-257-4523, or [email protected], or $25 at the door.

This Arts item was submitted to The Commons.

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