Two Musical Performances to Offer Community Enjoyment – and Support

Two Musical Performances to Offer Community Enjoyment – and Support

Two Musical Performances to Offer Community Enjoyment – and Support

United Counseling Service of Bennington County observes its 60th anniversary with a concert by the ME2/Orchestra, the world’s only classical music organization created for those with mental illness.

United Counseling Service of Bennington County observes its 60th anniversary with a concert by the ME2/Orchestra, the world’s only classical music organization created for those with mental illness.

Ladies’ Night Out Chorus

Ladies’ Night Out Women’s Chorus will present spring concerts in Rutland and Middlebury on May 4 and 5. The program, ‘The American Songbag, Plus!’ includes traditional American folk music, popular music from the 1940s and ‘50s, and more – like Dolly Parton’s ‘Jolene’ and ‘Silvy’ by Huddy Ledbetter (known as Lead Belly,) arranged with body percussion by Moira Smiley. This group of 16 women, accompanied by Castleton University professor of music, Charles Madsen on piano, Glendon Ingalls on bass viol and Mary Barron on fiddle, make a real statement with choral music. Many individuals in the group are stepping up to take solo parts in several of the songs. Gwyneth Walker’s music is represented, as is true every spring, with ‘How Can I Keep From Singing?’ and also this year, ‘Careless Love’ in an unforgettable arrangement. There will be a trio of women singing Andrews Sisters-style music, and a special entr’acte with Jonathan Pendragon, magician and master of imagination. Performances are both at 7:30 p.m., on Friday, May 4, at Grace Church in Rutland, and on Saturday, May 5, at Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Church in Middlebury. A donation at the door of $10 is requested to cover accompanists, music and use of the performance venues. After paying the accompanists and venue fees, LNO will split their Grace Church donations with the local nonprofit New Story Center, a shelter for victims of domestic violence. In Middlebury, the same donation will go to Women Safe.

Ladies’ Night Out Women’s Chorus is a member of Vermont Arts 2018.

The ME2/Orchestra

In celebration of their 60th anniversary United Counseling Service of Bennington County will present a very special evening of music with the ME2/Orchestra, the world’s only classical music organization created for individuals with mental illnesses and the people who support them. ME2 serves as a model organization where people with and without mental illnesses work together in an environment where acceptance is expectation, patience is encouraged and supporting each other is a priority.

“We are so excited to have the ME2/Orchestra perform in our community,” said Lorna Mattern, executive director of UCS. “Every performance brings them closer to meeting their mission to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental illness. This is going to be a very special event and a wonderful evening of music.”

UCS provides outpatient counseling and addictions services, emergency mental health services, extensive rehabilitation services, home and school-based services, employment services for people recovering from mental illness or with developmental disabilities and a Head Start and Early Start program. United Counseling Service has provided support and guidance to individuals and families since 1958

The concert will take place at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 5, at the Arkell Pavilion at Southern Vermont Arts Center in Manchester. Ticket prices are $25 for adults, $15 for students and veterans, and free for children under ten. Tickets are available at eventbrite.com. For special pricing or group discounts, call 802-442-5491. For more information, visit ucsvt.org.

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