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Choral Concerts Celebrate Vermont Summer

posted at 12:43 pm Thu Jul 11th, 2013 by (WherezIt_Staff)

July 9, 2013
For Immediate Release
Contact: Nathaniel G. Lew, Artistic Director
Photo Credit: Moonridge Photography

Choral Concerts Celebrate Vermont Summer
Counterpoint performs "My Spirit Sang All Day" Aug. 2-6

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 or at 802-540-1784.



The mission of Counterpoint, continuing the legacy of Robert De Cormier, is to perform choral chamber music and to engage with student musicians to enhance the cultural life of communities in Vermont and beyond. Counterpoint provides choral excellence through its regular concert series, special appearances, ten CDs, and programming in schools around New England.




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