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Heliand Consort


Saturday, January 21 at 7:30pm

According to Igor Stravinsky, music should be seen as well as heard – after all, it is half the entertainment, or more, depending on who you ask. A recent audience member at a Heliand Consort performance commented on this exactly: “ watching was as much fun as listening and added whole dimensions to the music itself”, he said. The Vermont based woodwind trio is presenting a program titled “Crossing the Bar”, which explores the relationship between classical and folk music, with selections ranging from Flemish Renaissance folk songs to music of Dvořák and Gershwin.

Jim Lowe, arts critic of the Times Argus, described a Heliand Consort performance as "substantial and musically rewarding”. He said they "played with great skill and musical understanding. These fine players […] achieved a Romantic grandeur normally reserved for strings and piano."

Flutist Berta Frank, oboist Katie Oprea, and clarinetist Elizabeth LeBlanc are inspired by composers like Dvořák and Bartók, who used folk elements from their cultures in their own compositions. The folk theme continues as the musicians perform as vocalists in traditional folk songs of the British Isles and a setting of Alfred Lord Tennyson's “Crossing the Bar.”

Celebrating their tenth season, Heliand Consort brings spirited classical music to audiences around Vermont. Its members, all long-time Vermont residents, are committed to presenting engaging programs which combine great classical repertoire with song and story. Their season opened in October with a collaborative benefit concert for Head Start featuring student ensembles from local schools. The Consort has recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to support its April 2017 production of “2 Moon Smile”, a chamber opera by Australian composern Padma Newsome. The season finale in June features their woodwind quintet performing its annual Vermont tour.

Ms. LeBlanc is a founding member of Heliand Consort. She was born in Québec and raised in St. Albans, Vermont. She earned performance degrees from the Juilliard School and McGill University. Recent solo performances include the world premiere of Don Jamison's Through the Clouds for clarinet, bassoon and strings with the Burlington Chamber Orchestra and multiple performances of Mozart's Quintet for Clarinet and Strings with Burlington Ensemble.

A native of St. Albans, Ms. Oprea studied oboe with her father and later joined the Vermont Youth Orchestra, where she performed as a youth soloist with the VYO and VSO. Her principal teachers included Neil Boyer at the University of Southern Maine, Mark Weiger at the University of Iowa and César Ognibene at the Conservatoire National de Région of Lyon, in France. While in Europe, she served as principal oboist with the Romanian State Opera of Timisoara and also appeared with the Timisoara Philharmonic, the Europa Symphony, and the Bolshoi Ballet. Oprea is currently principal oboist with the Burlington Chamber Orchestra and has performed in the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Burlington Ensemble, and the Vermont Mozart Festival.

Ms. Frank was raised in New York City and is an active performer, teacher and chamber music coach. She is the Instrumental Music Director at Browns River Middle School in Jericho, and has served as a staff member of the Vermont Youth Orchestra Association for over 20 years. She is principal flutist with the Burlington Chamber Orchestra and Middlebury Opera Company and performs as a soloist with Burlington Ensemble and Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble.

Tickets are $20 with a pre-concert dinner available for $25. Reservations are required for dinner and recommended for the show. Venue is BYOB. Call (802) 247-4295 or e-mail us for reservations or more information.


Phone: 802-247-4295