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28th New World Festival with Touring Group, Youth Commission and many others

6 September 2020
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Chandler Center for the Arts is pleased to announce:
The 28th New World Festival Will Happen Despite Covid-19!

New World Festival Fans take heart!

On Sunday, September 6, at 7:30PM to 9:30PM Chandler’s New World Festival will stream music both live from Chandler Music Hall’s main stage in Randolph, and premier virtual performances from around the world, as well as include a small, socially-distanced live audience to hear Pete’s Posse, Dan Houghton and Rachel Clemente on the Chandler Music Hall stage.

In June it was clear to the festival’s planning committee that this beloved celebration of Celtic and French Canadian music and dance had to re-invent itself. Gathered socially distanced on the lawn of Ayers Brook Goat Dairy, committee members settled on a new recipe for this year’s celebration.

Patrons can participate in one of two ways: A total of 75 tickets will be sold for the live performance in Chandler. A ticketed virtual option will allow an unlimited number of fans to stream the live performance

Music Director Kevin Dunwoody got to work contacting musicians that had already been booked. All were eager to help.

Piper extraordinaire Dan Houghton will open the festival piping on the front steps of Chandler. Then Vermont’s own trad roots power trio Pete’s Posse will perform a live set on Chandler’s main stage. The trio will play between pre-recorded performances from a variety of bands that have performed at previous New World Festivals.

Pre-recorded portions will feature content specific to the New World Festival and live and virtual audiences get to see them first at the Festival on September 6. John Doyle and Nuala Kennedy, the Cape Breton trio of Wendy MacIsaac, Mairi Rankin and Mac Morin, E.T.E., Connla, Cantrip, and the Young Tradition Vermont, have all agreed to record special material for this year’s festival.

Revenue will be drastically reduced this year, and sponsorship support has made it possible to offer artist fees for live performers, and for those who have offered their talents for the streamed portion which is particularly appreciated in this challenging time for musicians and venues alike. The Festival gratefully acknowledges support from National Life Group, Windham Foundation, Byrne Foundation, Rochester Area Community Foundation – Beilfuss Fund, Lamson Howell, Northfield Savings Bank, as well as several individual community donors.

All the tickets for both the In-Person and Live stream options, will be sold through Chandler’s website at www.chandler-arts.org.

Patrons will receive an email with a link to connect to the live stream on Sunday September 6.