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Thetford Chamber Singers Present Poetry and Song at Goodrich Library

Newport ~ The Thetford Chamber Singers will present a special evening of literature and song at Goodrich Memorial Library in Newport on April 3 at 7:00 pm. The event, “Poetry and Song,” is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public.

A veteran singing ensemble, The Thetford Chamber Singers will present powerful literary texts with complex choral arrangements, including the work of Wendell Berry, Emily Dickinson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and others.

Celebrating its fortieth anniversary last year, the Thetford Chamber Singers (TCS) was organized in the fall of 1978 by founding director Valerie Miller, who led the ensemble until 2011. Singer and composer Kevin Quigley has directed the group since 2012. TCS is an auditioned chorus comprising nearly fifty men and women from a dozen Upper Valley towns. Diverse in age and livelihoods, these performers are drawn together by the joy of singing and a commitment to sharing adventurous, complex, and engaging music with the community. The TCS repertoire is distinguished by the wide variety of musical styles representing varied traditions — from ancient to very contemporary, including commissions by living composers — beautifully woven together with poetry and other recitations to create a multi-layered experience.

About First Wednesdays

The Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays series is held on the first Wednesday of every month from October through May in nine communities statewide, featuring speakers of national and regional renown. Talks in Newport are held at Goodrich Memorial Library. All First Wednesdays talks are free and open to the public. See the full schedule of Newport First Wednesdays talks.

The statewide underwriters for the First Wednesdays 2018-2019 series are The Alma Gibbs Donchian Foundation, the Windham Foundation, and the Institute of Museum & Library Services through the Vermont Department of Libraries.

“Poetry and Song” is underwritten by Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Goodrich Memorial Library is sponsored by Community National Bank.

For more information, contact Goodrich Memorial Library at 802.334.7902, or contact the Vermont Humanities Council at 802.262.2626 or , or visit www.vermonthumanities.org.

About Vermont Humanities Council

The Vermont Humanities Council seeks to engage all Vermonters in the world of ideas, foster a culture of thoughtfulness, and inspire a lifelong love of reading and learning. Because Ideas Matter.