About 40 music lovers gathered in the North Bennington Train station on Tuesday evening for the annual New Year's Eve Cello Concert, which featured local cellist and music treacher Nathaniel Parke. Filling the small and intimate venue with clear and powerful sounds, Parke, the Berkshire Symphony's principal cello, performed two of Bach's Cello Suites for the enthusiastic and respectful audience. As a holiday treat, he also closed the concert by accompanying his wife, vocalist Kerry Ryer-Parke, on a beautiful rendition of Benjamin Britten's "Levy-Dew," also known as "A New Year Carol."

A local tradition since 2005, The New Year's Eve Cello Concert is a great (and free) way to relax, reflect, clear your mind, and apprieciate the simple, stirring beauty of live classical music as one year reaches its end and another rises over the horizon.

The yearly concert is organized by the Bennington Cultural and Arts Council and funded in part by a grant from the Stewart's foundation.

Nathaniel Parke performs at the annual New Year’s Eve Concert
Nathaniel Parke performs at the annual New Year's Eve Concert (Jack McManus)