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6 October 2019 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Deborah Rawson Memorial Library
We are starting our 21st season of concerts at the Deborah Rawson Memorial Library on Sunday, October 6th. I have lots of news to share with you!!!
First, the concert on October 6th is a return of one of our local treasured performers – Rebecca Padula. Rebecca is a singer’s singer and songwriter; her smoldering alto simmers over guitar, ukulele and tenor banjo to create an intimate and varied show that often includes her own originals and works by other Vermont songwriters. This performance Rebecca is introducing us to Linda Kallinger. Linda started playing the violin at the ripe old age of seven. She recently relocated to Burlington from Fort Myers, Florida where she performed extensively for over 15 years in the Southwest Florida area.
On November 3rd, Scott Alarik is coming up from Boston. Many years ago Scott and I met at one of the festivals run by my family. I’ve enjoyed watching his career as a musician, journalist, published author and now radio program producer.
Scott Alarik is best known today as an author, longtime Boston Globe journalist and star of the nationally popular public radio program Folk Tales. But for years before that, he was a headliner on the national folk circuit and regular performer on A Prairie Home Companion. Host Garrison Keillor said of him, “I’ve seldom seen an audience in such a good mood as when he’s just been there.” The Boston Herald called Scott Alarik “The complete folk entertainer…a rich-voiced balladeer and songwriter…expert weaver of tales, and a droll comic between songs.”
And we have a special extra concert on November 24th. This concert is possible through special support from the “Friends of the Library”. We are excited to host the Linus NYC Trio with Gizem Gokoglu and Dallas Vietty
Gizem Gokoglu (vocals), Linus Wyrsch (clarinet, tenor sax), Dallas Vietty (accordion)
GRAMMY Award® winning clarinetist and tenor saxophonist Linus Wyrsch (originally from Switzerland) has been based in New York City for well over a decade, where he has become one of the most sought-after instrumentalists. The Berklee College of Music alumnus frequently works with Lucy Kalantari & The Jazz Cats (GRAMMY Award® winner for Best Children’s Album 2018) and many other well-known artists of the jazz and Latin jazz scenes. He tours across continents and hosts his own podcast, “The Jazz Hole” (on BTRtoday.com), since 2009.
His group features the ingenious, award-winning composer and vocalist Gizem Gokoglu (Turkey & Northern Cyprus) at the forefront, who regularly impresses audiences with her seemingly impossible vocal lines and dreamy timbre. World-class accordionist Dallas Vietty (California) completes the group and excites with his boundless creativity and infectious joy.
With compelling passion, the ensemble presents a diverse program of beloved American and European jazz standards, clever original compositions and swingin’ improvisations.
On December 1st, one of my dearest friends and a spectacular song collector, Kathy Westra will be joined by her partner George Stephens. Kathy’s work as an environmental and conservation writer, and George’s long career as a scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have also inspired the duo to sing songs that express an appreciation for the wild places that provide refuge from our busy urban lives, and the importance of conserving our lands and waters.
More information as we get closer to the other dates yet let me leave you with the news that I am excited beyond measure about the performers who have agreed to honor us by taking part in our series this year.
All concerts are at 2 PM on Sunday afternoons at the Deborah Rawson Memorial Library. All concerts are free although I do encourage the performers to bring CDs to sell to help support them and for you to enjoy their music long after the concert is over.
See you on October 6th!!!