Local students to take part in 'Six Degrees' premiere

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MANCHESTER — Students from Burr and Burton Academy and Maple Street School will join the professional a cappella group Counterpoint to perform the world premiere of "Six Degrees" at 6 p.m. on April 25 at the First Congregational Church. Tickets are available in advance at Northshire Bookstore for $10 and at the door on the day of performance for $15 (students $5 with ID).

The title "Six Degrees" refers both to the result of the warming of the planet by six degrees Celsius, which would effectively end life on our planet, as well as to the "six degrees of separation" that connect all of humanity. "Six Degrees" continues a legacy of activism through music begun by Counterpoint founder Robert De Cormier (1922-2017), who strove to deliver a message of peace and justice through his compositions and arrangements of folk music.

Through music, narration, and video, "Six Degrees" brings a crucial environmental message to a new generation, educating students of all ages how climate change threatens our survival and how green alternatives, renewables, and sustainability can address these dangers. Throughout the school year, Counterpoint has presented several school workshops, reaching thousands of students all over Vermont. The state tour will continue with further workshops, plus public concerts in Fairlee on Thursday May 23 and in Weston on Sunday July 14.

For more information about Six Degrees, go to www.counterpointchorus.org, call (802) 540-1784 or email contact@counterpointchorus.org

Same Sun, a Rutland-based solar design and installation company, is the lead sponsor for the Six Degrees school workshops and concerts throughout the state.

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