“Where Does the Music Come From?”
Social Band celebrates its silver anniversary
Saturday, April 15, 2023 at 7:30pm
Richmond Free Library
Sunday, April 16, 2023 at 3:00pm
United Church of Hinesburg
Saturday, April 22, 2023 at 7:30pm
College Street Congregational Church
Sunday, April 23, 2023 at 3:00pm
Charlotte Congregational Church
Social Band has been singing its own special brand of choral music for nigh on 25 years. Where has our music come from? From a variety of places but without a doubt, the biggest slice of Social Band’s musical pie has been provided by a host of composers who call Vermont their home.
And some of these composers have been at home with Social Band. This April, we’ll begin our silver anniversary celebration with a concert series featuring the works of composers who have led double lives as both composers and singers within the ranks of Social Band.
Over the last 25 years, composers who have spent time in “the band” have produced about 100 songs – and a whopping 75 of those were written by Don Jamison, Pete Sutherland, Michael Kellogg (also known as Clyde Powers), and Bruce Chalmer. We’ll be honoring these fruitful four this spring.
We’ll be featuring Pete Sutherland classics, including the uplifting “New Ecstasy”, the boisterous “Fiddlers Hymn” and the contemplative “Chirripo Meditation – as well as premiering a new piece co-written with Michael Kellogg during Pete’s last days.
Michael has been routinely wowing Social Band audiences with his blend of powerful poetry set in a wash of beautiful chords and pop-music sensibilities. In addition to the piece co-written with Pete, Social Band will be premiering Michael’s “One Man, Once,” – likely the only song Social Band has ever performed that is set to the words of a U.S. President.
And then there’s Bruce Chalmer, who offers a breadth of styles – over the years writing some of Social Band’s most delicately constructed songs while also providing showstoppers to fulfill every choral singer’s hankering for a “Broadway” ending. We’ll be singing two contemplative favorites, “Clown in the Moon” and “Dreamers” as well as pulling out all the stops on “Walk Humbly.”
And the fourth of our bountiful quartet of composers? Social Band co-founder and musical moral compass, Don Jamison. We’ll be diving deep down in the Don archives while also treating audiences to Social Band’s premiere of “Gildermorie” and, what is sure to be an instant classic, “Here Together.”
Mark your calendars and help us kickoff this celebratory year with a healthy dose of homegrown songs!
Suggested donation $18. But that’s just a suggestion. Pay less, pay more – whatever will make you feel good about joining us. We’ll just be glad to see you!
Masks are optional. If you’re feeling under the weather, please skip the concert and rest comfortably at home.
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