Mir Zaynen Do (We Are Here) Concert

Mir Zaynen Do (We Are Here): Jewish Song from the Shtetl to the Promised Land, a concert by the vocal group Counterpoint (Nathaniel G. Lew, artistic director) will be at 7:30 p.m. in The McCarthy Arts Center. The performance and talk are this year's annual presentation through the Rabbi Max Wall Endowment of Saint Michael's College. Lew is associate professor of fine arts, music, at Saint Michael's. The founder and artistic director emeritus of Counterpoint is Robert De Cormier. The evening's program has five parts: Part One, Folksongs of the Shtetl; Part Two: Traditional Holiday Songs; Part Three: The Pogroms and the Resistance; Part Four: The Dream of Return; Part Five: New Folksongs in the Promised Land. Founded by De Cormier in 2000, Counterpoint is dedicated to performing choral chamber music and engaging with student musicians to enhance the cultural life of communities in Vermont and beyond. The ensemble has enjoyed increasing success in recent years, presenting concerts throughout New England, in New York, Quebec, and the Midwest. The group attracted the attention of Vermont Public Radio and for several years National Public Radio has broadcast "A Vermont Christmas with Counterpoint" to affiliates nationwide. The group has recorded seven CDs with Albany Records and has released three further CDs independently. One veteran arts reviewer called them "a joy to hear."

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