2017-10-11 / Chester

Nature Museum to present Big Woods Voices benefit concert

Big Woods Voices will perform in a benefit concert for The Nature Museum, on Oct. 22 at the White Church in Grafton.  — COURTESY PHOTO
Big Woods Voices will perform in a benefit concert for The Nature Museum, on Oct. 22 at the White Church in Grafton. — COURTESY PHOTO GRAFTON — The Nature Museum in Grafton will present a benefit concert showcasing Big Woods Voices, at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22 at the White Church at 55 Main St. in Grafton.

The a cappella ensemble is comprised of Alan Blood, longtime member of area groups the Blanche Moyse Chorale, I Cantori, Blue Moon, and House Blend; Will Danforth, singer-songwriter and traditional acoustic artist; Becky Graber, leader of the Brattleboro Women’s Chorus and Animaterra Women’s Chorus in Keene; and Amanda Witman, co-leader of the Brattleboro Pub Sing with Tony Barrand.

Big Woods Voices is the fulfillment of a creative transition for Danforth from his life as a roots-oriented songster to that of composer/arranger which has married two loves: His love of American roots music and his love of the vast harmonic palette absorbed while singing with the world music chorus, The River Singers. The results are lyrical settings of poetry by David Whyte, Mary Oliver, W. B. Yeats, and others; richly-harmonized standards of the American roots lexicon, and completely original compositions. Add to that mix pieces by musicians such as Pete Sutherland, The Finest Kind, and Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, and you have the ear-thrilling experience called Big Woods Voices, according to a press release.

Since this is a benefit concert to support the all-ages educational work of The Nature Museum, tickets are priced on a sliding scale from $10 to $25. Doors will open at 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 22, and tickets may be purchased in advance on the museum website at www.nature-museum.org or cash will be accepted at the door.

The mission of The Nature Museum is to connect people and planet through programming for all ages. For more information, visit Facebook.com/naturemuseumatgrafton or nature-museum.org, or call (802) 843-2111.

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