July 9, 2013 - Montpelier, Vermont - Delightful, lighthearted, Vermont-made, and, at times, comical - all these describe a new concert of choral music celebrating summer in Vermont.
"It's a mellifluous miscellany of melodies, including love songs, folk songs, show tunes, flower songs, and one song about a truly odd bird," said Nathaniel G. Lew, artistic director of Counterpoint, Vermont's Professional Vocal Ensemble.
The 12-member vocal ensemble performs their popular annual summer series around the state on August 2-6. The concerts, entitled "My Spirit Sang All Day," offer a lighthearted look at the season, from "Summer in Buenos Aires," a tango by Astor Piazzolla, to the Harry Belafonte tune "Turn the World Around" arranged by Counterpoint Founder Robert De Cormier.
Over half of the works are composed or arranged by Vermonters, including "These Green Mountains," the State Song by Diane Martin, Dan Breslaw's variations on the spiritual "Somebody's Knockin' at Your Door," and "Jewelweed," composed by Roger Grow and based on a poem by Vermont poet Diane Swan. The program also includes Counterpoint's much heralded recent commission, "Music," a setting of a text by Ralph Waldo Emerson by Addison composer Jorge Martín and the premiere of "A Druid's Hymn," written specially for Counterpoint by Justin Gates, a student at Missisquoi Valley Union High School in Swanton.
An international theme is represented by the Quebecois song "Un Canadien errant," and a Cuban lullaby arranged by De Cormier. Pure summertime whimsy is reflected in the old vaudeville song "You'll Have to Put a Nightie on Aphrodite."
Counterpoint will present "My Spirit Sang All Day" four times:
- Fri., Aug. 2 at 7:30pm, St Thomas Episcopal Church, 9 W Wheelock St, Hanover NH
- Sat., Aug. 3 at 7:30pm, United Church of Christ, 4335 Main St, Waitsfield VT
- Sun., Aug. 4 at 4:00pm, The Church on the Hill, Lawrence Hill Rd, Weston VT
- Tue., Aug. 6 at 7:00pm, Cathedral Church of Saint Paul. 2 Cherry St, Burlington VT
Tickets at Hanover, Waitsfield, and Burlington are $20 (general), $15 (seniors), and $5 (students and financially challenged). Tickets in Weston are all $5. More information can be found at www.counterpointchorus.org or at 802-540-1784.