Prior Seasons of the Our Town Front Porch Summer Entertainment Series:
July 24, 2010 2pm
Cantoria & House Blend at the Vermont Country Store on Rte 103 in Rockingham. VT
The Cantoria – House Blend Exchange:
Two Sister Chorales / Deux Chorales Jumelées FLYER
| This chorus, based out of the town of Villaines-les-Rochers near Tours, France, was formed in the 1980s. Originally based out of the local “Club des Jeunes,” a cultural organization, the group originally consisted of just a dozen members. Since then, under the direction of several leaders, they have grown to their current forty members.
Over the years, they have upheld a tradition of exchanges and shared musicianship, including twinning (or jumelage) relationships with choruses in France, Belgium, Portugal, England and the United States (Vermont). In the summer of 2008, Cantoria hosted House Blend in their home region of Touraine; the two chorales performed together in four concerts. As the exchange relationship continues to thrive, with strong bonds of friendship and shared joy in music, House Blend will host Cantoria in July of 2010.
Now under the leadership of their director, Fabienne Goupille, the group continues to expand its repertoire, which now includes a wide variety of music, including, among others, sacred music, gospel and contemporary songs.
| Formed in 2006, House Blend is an assembly of 23 veteran singers from Vermont and New Hampshire devoted to the collective exploration of a cappella songs drawn through the ages from around the world.
Coming together from differing walks of life undoubtedly influences the creative energy of this ensemble; their occupations range from teachers to a web designer, and an airline pilot to a carpenter. Together they share a profound love of music and an abundance of talent. A democratically governed party of singing addicts, House Blend creates a harmonious brew that draws its richness from their diverse musical backgrounds.
Their repertoire includes precisely blended early music, contemporary arrangements by local composers, songs from American folk traditions such as spirituals, soulful gospel numbers, hill songs of Appalachia and jazz, as well as lush Italian and Spanish ballads, South African freedom songs, village music of Italy, France, Québec and the Republic of Georgia, Renaissance madrigals, songs from the Jewish choral tradition, contemporary Latin chant and Bach, along with anything else the singers choose to add to the mix.
2009: House Blend at Vermont Country Store
2008: Too Human at Immanuel Church; Draa Hobbs - Jazz at the Condon/Fowler residence.
2007: Little Hope String Band at the Vermont Country Store; Kasnitz & Cook - classic hits, drawing from a wide variety of artists and styles - from bright pop tunes to ballads to rock & roll at the Massucco/Condon/ Fowler Block Party; Spirit of the Trees at Readmore Bed Breakfast & Books on Hapgood Street; Josh Maiocco at The Vermont Country Store in Rockingham, Vermont
2006: Heart's Accord- Barbershop quartet Music at Horsefeather's Inn B&B; Alli Lubin (flute) & Harry Bauld (keyboard) - Jazz at the Immanuel Episcopal Church; Josh Maiocco- unique blend of traditional blues, originals and obscure covers
2005: FLOCK Dance Troupe Sighting- at the home of Dr. Wally & Eileen Griffiths on Hapgood St. on the corner of Atkinson St (under the tree of Nancy & Tim Powers), a linked series of productions celebrating the imagery of Earth, Air, Fire, and Water. Will Danforth plays roots music...traditional folk, blues, classic country...and he's been playing it for 35 years. Leslie's Tavern Restaurant, 802-463-4929 - Rt. 5 Rockingham, VT at Exit 6 off I-91. Fine Dining. Dreamtones- A perennial favorite- mother & son combo with Pop tunes, easy listening- from the 20's & on! Co-sponsored with Great Falls Regional Chamber of Commerce as a Chamber After-Hours Event Potluck & BBQ River Mist Bed and Breakfast 7 Burt Street, Bellows Falls, Vermont 802-463-9023. Heart Barbershop Quartet- at Fowler home on Green St.
2004: Rick Redington & Marjorie Thompson Singer-Songwriters/Guitar on Green Street; Grace Potter and the Nocturnals- Keyboard & vocals, Bluesy Soul The Nocturnals, her backup group, joined Grace for this performance on Williams Terrace; Bonnie Waters- Singer-Songwriter, Folk on Atkinson Street; Dreamtones- Pop Easy Listening at the River Mist B & B on Burt Street; Alli Lubin- Singer songwriter Folk/Blues at Readmore Bed Breakfast & Books on Hapgood Street
2003: The Main Street Arts String Band at the Parks Place Ice Cream Social and Silent Auction; The Dreamtones- Verone & Michael Reynolds at their River Mist Bed & Breakfast - 7 Burt Street Rivermistbnb@aol.com Henry Hapgood Burt detail ; Alli Lubin- firstname.lastname@example.org VS Books carries Alli's CD.; Cody Michaels piano performance at the Immanuel Episcopal Church, 11 Church Street (off School Street) . email@example.com www.codymichaels.com VS Books carries Cody's CD.; Ezra Veitch & Joe Stacey (Ezra is now part of Ninja Monkey) at www.readmoreinn.com 1 Hapgood Street
2002- Elizabeth Von Trapp , classical, folk & pop music, at the Horsefeathers Inn, Ti’z Orphelins/Lil’Orphans, cajun music, at the Cota Home, Sam Creigh , folk music, at the Readmore B&B Map, Draa Hobbs, jazz guitar at the Immanuel Episcopal Church, the rain location instead of the Massucco/Condon/Fowler homes, Will Danforth performing folk music at Halladays, and the Dreamtones, Swing, jazz, & romantic tunes at the River Mist Bed and Breakfast
2001- Ezra Veitch & Joe Stacey, singer-songwriters, La De Da, pop tunes band, Jill Newton on fiddle and Craig Hollingsworth on accordion, Dulcimania with Tom Baehr, and the Dreamtones, Verone and Michael Reynolds, performing from their porch at the River Mist Bed and Breakfast
2000- Sarah Payne- Victoria Woodhull, Leanne Ponder- Bright Venus Smith, 1850's Backwoods Peddler, Eric Bye - Nineteenth Century American Popular Music, & Burt Porter- British Ballad tradition in New England. The Vermont Council of the Humanities & RAMP co-sponsored these events, along with numerous local sponsors.