Montpelier, VT - If you're wondering "Where have all the flowers gone?" you are sure to find a few bouquets at a Pete Seeger tribute concert this July 24-26 across VT. Complete with a new choral arrangement and heartfelt memories, the concert series will also be the final Counterpoint bow for a lifelong friend of Seeger's - Robert De Cormier, who is also the founder of Counterpoint, Vermont's professional choral ensemble.
"When my friend Pete Seeger died we mourned an idealist and an activist whose weapon was music," said Robert De Cormier, who met Seeger in 1946, and collaborated with him numerous times over more than a half-century. "His songs - the ones he wrote and the ones he heard and passed on to us - are part of the fabric of our culture. Pete's driving desire was that we all sing for Peace and Justice."
De Cormier and Seeger spent their entire lives connecting people with, to, and through the power of music. Seeger's ability to get a room singing was unmatched. The songs that he wrote and collected from people all over the world have become songs of the American nation. De Cormier's arrangements, including many made since Pete Seeger's death in early 2014, retain the simplicity of folk music while augmenting it with rich harmonic choices.
Songs featured in the concerts include Seeger favorites, songs from South Africa, and All Mixed Up, a lesser known Seeger song that serves as the title of the concert series. Counterpoint will also perform hits such as Guantanamera, Somos el Barco, and Wimoweh, which Seeger popularized.The program includes both a cappella arrangements and songs accompanied by guitar, bass and banjo.
The All Mixed Up concert series will be complemented by the making of studio recordingof the same name, funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign. The concerts will be:
- Fri., July 24, 8pm, First Unitarian Universalist Society, 152 Pearl St., Burlington. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, and $5 for students and those with limited means, and will be available at the door.
- Sat., July 25, 8pm, Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, 122 Hourglass Dr., Stowe. Tickets are $20 in advance at www.sprucepeakarts.org or 802-760-4634, and $25 at the door.
- Sun., July 26 at 4pm, Weston Church on the Hill, Weston. Tickets are $5 at the door.
More information available at www.counterpointchorus.org or 802-540-1784.