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CANCELLED: Dancing in the Street: Carols and Songs of the Holiday Season

Hybrid Event
December 13, 2023: 7:00 pm

NOTE TO PATRONS: This event has been cancelled due to an unforeseen illness. We apologize for this last-minute cancellation of the program.

Sometime in November each year, holiday music — mostly Christmas carols, but others as well — begins to saturate the soundscape of North America. Every song has a story; what’s the story of this music? Why does it have such a cultural hold? Is it a kind of folk tradition? How is it related to dance and drama? This presentation will include singing and will offer lore about the origins of these songs, their practice, and the resonance they have in our lives.

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About the Presenter

A practicing musician since his youth, Mark Howe as served as Organist and Choirmaster of St. Paul’s Cathedral (Episcopal) in Burlington since 1999. born outside Philadelphia, he grew up in Providence, R.I. (where he took his first piano lessons – and later, organ lessons – and where he first sang in a choir), and in Springfield, Vermont (where he studied organ with Harriette Slack Richardson). Mark earned performance degrees at Westminster Choir College and the Yale School of Music, and later he earned a Ph. D. in historical musicology at New York University. The Vermont Chapter of the American Guild of Organists’ 2013 Artist of the Year, he has performed throughout New England; in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania; and in Canada, Belgium, and France. He’s also a skilled choral conductor and trainer of children’s voices and has served as a church musician in Vermont, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Illinois, and New York, Mark has taught at Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, Westminster Choir College, Yale University, and McGill University.


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December 13, 2023
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Vermont Humanities
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202 Main St
Newport, VT 05855 United States
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