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Young Tradition Showcase at Young Tradition Weekend

5 May 2018
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Contois Auditorium at City Hall

Every year in early May, Young Tradition Weekend brings together young people interested in traditional music and dance, and exposes the community at large to young singers, players and dancers and what they bring to the world. Young folks are the focus, supported by their teachers, mentors, friends and families. Given opportunities to interact with others, young people use their inspiration and skills to inspire others to do the same.

Several things motivated the start and continuation of Young Tradition Vermont. At some point there was the observation that a lot of the traditional and folk music we listen to and enjoy is made when folks were in the their teens and twenties. The mission of Young Tradition Vermont is to ensure there are opportunities for young players, singers and dancers to be supported, have opportunities to learn and perform with minimal intervention/interference, to use their interests and skills to serve their communities, and to develop and experiment as part of a living tradition passed down from previous generations. We think of the young folks we support as young in age, but ‘old souls’, the latest in a long line of tradition bearers at the intersection of the past and the future. We not about featuring the ‘stars of tomorrow’ …… we about ensuring the health and vitality of the next link in the chain.

Here’s the current plan for the 2018 weekend……

  • several weeks prior….. Fiddle Tunes Clubs and contra dance residencies at several schools in Burlington area….. Edmunds, Sustainability Academy, Integrated Arts, Champlain and JJ Flynn
  • 5/3/18 Thursday evening….. multi-school contra dance party and dinner at Burlington High School
  • 5/4/18 Friday 2:15pm….. Fara at Friday meeting at Integrated Arts Academy
  • 5/4/18 Friday 7:30pm….. Fara at the UVM Music Recital Hall SOLD OUT!
  • 5/5/18 Saturday 10am …… instrument petting zoo at Kids Day and Kids Day/contest preliminaries and guest performances at Waterfront Park
  • 5/5/18 Saturday 1pm….. performance at Baird 5 Pediatrics at the UVM Medical Center
  • 5/5/18 Saturday 6pm….. awards reception followed by teacher/student concert including the Young Tradition Touring Group at City Hall
  • 5/6/18 Sunday 3pm+….. tribute concert for Margaret MacArthur with family and friends including Dan MacArthur, Gary MacArthur, Megan Littlehales MacArthur, Robin MacArthur, Gordon Bok, Norman Kennedy, John Roberts, Tony Barrand, Deb Flanders, the Zeichners and others at City Hall
  • 5/6/18 5:30pm+….. reception in the lobby at City Hall

Admission to most public events is by donation.  Suggested donations for the Saturday evening showcase and the Sunday tribute concert.  Note that the Integrated Arts Academy and Vermont Children’s Hospital events are not public events.

For more information contact 2018 Young Tradition Weekend Manager Yasi Zeichner or Mark Sustic at mark.sustic@gmail.com.

 

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