First up will be Camerata New England on Saturday, Oct. 3, with a 3 p.m. concert at the Tillotson Center. The concert will feature the works of Johannes Brahms (1833–97), first being Piano Quartet op. 26 in A Major, which includes 1. Allegro non troppo, 2. Poco Adagio, 3. Scherzo: Poco Allegro, and 4. Finale: Allegro. After an intermission, Camerata New England will return to the stage to perform String Quintet op. 111 in G Major, which is comprised of 1. Allegro non troppo, ma con brio, 2. Adagio, 3. Un poco Allegretto, and 4. Vivace, ma non troppo presto.
Once again Camerata New England brings a world-class aggregation of musicians to perform. This concert will feature Brazilian violinist Omar Chen Güey, Andrew Eng, violin, Linda Galvan on cello, Peter Sulski, viola, Mark Berger, viola, and pianist Evelyn Zuckerman. The concert sponsor is Larry Rappaport.
Then on Sunday, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m., the April Verch Band makes its fifth appearance in Colebrook when this talented Canadian and her band roll out an evening of music that will set feet to tapping throughout the theater. The show’s sponsor is LaPerle’s IGA.
Fiddler, singer and stepdancer April Verch knows how relevant an old tune can be. She grew up surrounded by living, breathing roots music. At an early age moving from exuberant stepdancer to fiddle wunderkind and silver-voiced singer, Verch came to be a brilliant interpreter of tradition is just as striking as the results. Practically from birth she was immersed in folk music and dance from her native Ottawa Valley, a melting pot of Franco-Celtic flavors brought by the hard-working loggers who settled the area. In her early teens, Verch found herself at Mark O’Connor’s fiddle camp. By the time Verch graduated high school, she’d won the Canadian Open Old Time Fiddle Championship and released a pair of albums, followed by a year at Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music and a win at the Canadian Grand Masters Fiddling Competition, which made her the first woman ever to take both of her country’s two top contests. From there she dove into a full-time music career.
Now on her milestone 10th album, “The Newpart” (released April 7, 2015), Verch digs deep into songs and tunes from the era before the often-mined mid-century heyday of bluegrass and folk. Harkening back to vaudeville and beyond, Verch and her fellow trio members pare down their arrangements, highlighting the simple pleasures of upright bass, guitar, clawhammer banjo, mandolin, voices, fiddle, and stepping in intimate conversation. At the heart lie Verch’s delicate voice, energetic footwork, and stunning playing, a trifecta of talents she brings together simultaneously for the first time on stage and on “The Newpart.” She’ll have copies of her latest album available for purchase during her Colebrook appearance.
“These two concerts–Camerata New England and April Verch–are being brought back by popular demand,” said Jordan of the GNWCA. “Here will be your chance to see in one weekend what all the buzz is about whenever they return to town.”
Advance tickets are available at Fiddleheads, 110 Main St., in Colebrook, as well as at the door just before these two shows. For more information on these and other GNWCA shows, call 237-9302, 246-8998, or visit www.gnwca.org.