Taking the stage on Friday, February 3, at 8:00pm, six regional high school a cappella groups will give a rousing concert at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center. Started more than a decade ago in anticipation of Saturday’s collegiate concert at the Latchis, the High School A Cappella Concert gets rave reviews each year. All proceeds benefit the In-Sight Photography Project.
The line-up for Friday evening includes two top-notch high school ensembles – the BUHS Madrigals and the Leland & Gray Rebel Clefs – and four student-directed independent groups from the Brattleboro area – Renegade, Shoulder Narrows, Spiralia, and Xpressivo. General admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets are available at the door on a first-come first-served basis. Seating is limited, with some standing room available.
Madrigals is a group of auditioned singers that rehearses weekly at Brattleboro Union High School under the direction of chorus teacher Patty Meyer. Students earn credit for this class and perform in a variety of venues, including school concerts, madrigal festivals, school assemblies, and town events. The Madrigals perform songs from many styles, including but not limited to madrigals from the Renaissance, from which they took their name.
Rebel Clefs is an a cappella group from Leland & Gray Union High School. They sing a wide variety of music from madrigals to current pop hits as well as music from many world cultures. They meet once a week under the direction of Ron Kelley.
Renegade, an all-girls, student-run a cappella group, has members hailing from different high schools in the area! They’ve been singing together since 2009, always keeping in mind the fun and love that singing brings and hoping this shows through in their performances!
Shoulder Narrows is an all-male student-run a cappella group from BUHS! “We perform vocal music from a wide variety of genres, and add our own personal flavor to both old classics and new hits!”
Spiralia is an all-girls student-run a cappella group from the Windham county area. “We perform at a variety of venues as we love to share our music.” Their cover songs range from pop to jazz, classic rock and more. Spiralia has been singing together since 2008.
Xpressivo is a student-run coed a cappella group based in the Brattleboro area. Founded in 2012, the group has featured a wide variety of music, mainly within the pop/rock genre. “We've had so much fun preparing this material for you all and we hope you enjoy the concert!”
“This concert is about high school kids raising money to help other high school kids!” says emcee Dede Cummings, who founded the annual Friday evening event a decade ago in support of In-Sight, which offers its programs regardless of ability to pay. “Everyone who wants to take a photography class is welcomed and cherished at In-Sight,” according to executive director Teta Hilsdon. “A wide community of caring people make this possible – like the kids who perform in the concert and the friends and families who come to see them. Thank you all!”
The High School A Cappella Concert is sponsored by Commonwealth Dairy and Business & Tax Consultants. The venue is provided courtesy of the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center. All admission fees and program ads benefit the In-Sight Photography Project scholarship fund.
The In-Sight Photography Project and its Exposures Cross-Cultural Youth Arts Program empower youth, through photography, to find their own creative voices and to communicate their unique personal visions. Classes in photographic arts are provided regardless of ability to pay. Curriculum is guided by understanding and respect for individuals, communities, and cultures. Spring classes start February 6 for youth ages 11-18, and registration is open at www.insightphotography.org. Applications for the Exposures Cross-Cultural Youth Arts Summer Program are available now for youth ages 15-21 at www.exposuresprogram.org. For more information, please call (802) 251-9960 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.