Arioso Zefiro ensemble pairs Brahms and Bach with Vermont composers

Photo credit: Bob Eddy, First Light Studios
Arioso Zefiro members Allison Cerutti, piano, Elizabeth Reid, viola, and Linda Radtke, alto.

Arioso Zefiro, a Central Vermont chamber music ensemble, performs music for voice, viola, cello, and piano, including four Vermont composers, from Aug. 30 to Sept. 3 in Northfield, Richmond, and St. Albans.

The members of Arioso are Elizabeth Reid, viola; Michael Close, cello; Alison Cerutti, piano; and Linda Radtke, alto. Formed in 2008, Arioso’s mission is to highlight contemporary works, especially those of Vermont composers. This Labor Day weekend series features work by Erik Nielsen, Michael Close, Kathy Wonson Eddy, and Gwyneth Walker, as well as work by Brahms and Bach.

Concerts are on Aug. 31 at 7:30 p.m. at Northfield United Church, on Sept. 1 at 7:30 p.m. at the Richmond Free Library, and on Sept. 3 at 3 p.m. at the First Congregational Church in St. Albans. Admission is by donation at the door.

A piano trio by Worcester composer Michael Close will have its premiere at this series. Gwyneth Walker premieres work that explores the power of the African-American spiritual tradition pairing the viola and alto voice. A suite for piano by Brookfield composer Erik Nielson features music from his opera “A Fleeting Animal,” with Vermont poet David Budbill. Braintree composer Kathy Eddy is represented by a piece for viola and cello. Works by Brahms and Bach round out the program. Information: ariosochambermusic.org.

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