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A Winter Solstice Mini-Fest
Grammy ® -nominated bluegrass mandolinist Matt Flinner again teams up with award-winning American Roots band Low Lily to celebrate the Winter Solstice ! The event takes place at the Middlebury Town Hall Theater on December 9 at 7pm . This high-energy show features instrumentals alongside impeccably arranged songs to celebrate the season . Between them , the musicians play mandolins , guitars , fiddle , banjo , double bass , and sing in three and four part vocal harmonies . Virtuosic mandolinist Matt Flinner has made a career out of playing acoustic music in new ways . Flinner ’ s style and compositional ability have established him as one of the most accomplished and musically diverse mandolinists in the world . The Jazz Times dubs him “ the most exciting and creative mandolin player on the scene today .”
With a vocal blend that has been dubbed “ outstanding ” and “ meticulous ,” Low Lily has crafted a signature sound which they have shared with enthusiastic audiences throughout North America and the UK , garnering two # 1 songs on international folk radio and two Independent Music Award wins . Maine-based player Steve Roy will accompany the show on double bass . Tickets are available at : townhalltheater . org .

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Instrumental Concerts at Epsilon Spires
Epsilon Spires will host a series of instrumental performances in the first weeks of December to ease the transition into the more meditative months of winter . Henry Danaher will present a free lunchtime pipe organ recital on December 7 , and the series will conclude with a rejuvenating sound bath by Matt Samolis at 4pm on December 10 .
Samolis began his musical career studying flute in Boston in the 1980s and later moved on to composition and tenor banjo . His musical practice involves exploring acoustic resonance and the resulting sonic relationships within architectural spaces . Samolis has released numerous albums and worked with ensembles at New England Conservatory , Brandeis University , Berklee , and Tufts . He is currently the Board Treasurer for Epsilon Spires .
At noon on December 7 , organist Henry Danaher will present a free recital as part of the monthly Lunchtime Pipe Organ series . The program will range from J . S . Bach to composers such as Josef Rheinberger , Frank Bridge , and Alexander Russell , who were writing music when the 1906 Estey organ in the sanctuary of Epsilon Spires was built . Danaher is the Director of Music at the Church of Christ at Dartmouth College in Hanover , NH , and also accompanies the Dartmouth College Glee Club . All tickets are available on a sliding-scale basis at epsilonspires . org . For more information , please contact Executive Director Jamie Mohr at jamie . mohr78 @ gmail . com .
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Holidays in


The Shires

Dozens of holiday events to attend this season !

10 Vermont News Guide December 5 , 2022