Season 31

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poetry meets music poster image Poetry Meets Music
Fri, April 5, 2018 & Sat, April 6, 2019

This is our very popular Poetry & Music Concert but this year, with a twist. In the past composers have responded to the poetry of a single poet. This year we reversed the process. Music was given to nine of Vermont’s finest poets who were asked to respond to the music. The catch is that the poets knew nothing about the music including the composer, title and circumstances of its composition. They only had a recording — just the sound of the music — to go by.

This project was a result of brainstorming by VCME’s director, Steven Klimowski and Vermont’s former poet laureate, Sydney Lea. Steve chose the music and Syd chose the poets. When all poems were received, they collaborated in figuring out how to put it all together.

Poets were inspired by the compositions of by David Gunn, David Fuerzeig, Peter Hamlin, Peter Relph, Belinda Reynolds and Allen Shawn. Some of the music was written in response to poems on our previous Poetry & Music concerts, some of the pieces are previous VCME commissions, one piece is a response to the 911 tragedy (Reynolds) and two are new pieces written for this program (Gunn & Relph).

The poets are Vermont’s current poet laureate, Chard deNiord, as well as Joan Aleshire, Karin Gottshall, David Huddle, Major Jackson, Sydney Lea, Cleopatra Mathis, Kerrin McCadden and Tony Whedon.

Musicians: Bonnie Thurber Klimowski cello
Steven Klimowski clarinet/bass clarinet
Jane Kittredge violin
Robin Cameron-Phillips flute/piccolo


Friday, Apr 5, 2019 | 7:30 pm

Unitarian Church 130 Main Street, Montpelier

Tickets at the door: $30/$15 (suggested) or by donation


Saturday, Apr 6, 2019 | 7:30 pm

Black Box Theater Main  Street Landing Burlington

Tickets at the door: $30/$15 (suggested) or by donation

Not just new music — a new musical experience!

This year the Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble celebrates its 31st season of performing and recording rarely heard works of the 20th & 21st centuries with a primary interest in living composers. VCME has made a significant contribution to the music scene in Vermont with over 92 commissioned works and more than 114 premiere performances to date.