Red Door Concert Series opens May 4

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WILMINGTON — St. Mary's in the Mountains kicks off its 2019 Red Door Concert Season at 4 p.m. on May 4 with "Spring Blossoms at the Red Door," an afternoon of music welcoming in the season of flowers, blossoms, and warmth that brings new life to the Deerfield Valley and beyond. In what promises to be an afternoon of music for everyone, vocalists, instrumentals, and ensembles will offer choral, jazz, folk, Celtic, and even Sixties music, all to benefit the Southern Vermont Therapeutic Riding Center.

The concert will feature Valley Voices, a choral ensemble directed by Sue Maddern, with performers from throughout the region. The music will "blossom" from a solo, to duos, to trios, and more, growing as the program unfolds. Performers will include Caitlin Sullivan, Kathleen Loomis-Ward, Eithne and Mike Eldred, Wren Young, and Holly and Joe Fortner, with musicians performing vocals, and on recorder, flute, piano, guitar, and even ukulele. Audience members will be encouraged to be part of our finales, when the ensemble joins together on a couple of numbers that everyone knows and loves.

Admission is by free will donation, with all proceeds to benefit the Southern Vermont Therapeutic Riding Center. Founded in 2010, the Center serves children and adults with various physical, emotional and cognitive needs in Windham County and the surrounding area. It works with organizations such as Families First, Kindle Farm, HCRS, local elementary and high schools, as well as with individuals and their families to provide Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapies. SVTRC relies on the generosity of the community to offset programming costs, which in turn helps keep lessons affordable for all of its clients.

St. Mary's established the Red Door Concert series in 2016. Since then, it has held four programs per year, ranging from classical and jazz concerts, to musical potpourris, and (each December) its Community Carol Sing.

St. Mary's is located at 13 E. Main St. in Wilmington. For more information, please visit www.smmvt.org/red-door-concerts.

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