Stonehenge at sunrise

Youth Springs Eternal

Gregg News

This month we celebrate the equinox, the tipping point of winter into spring. The days are noticeably longer, the ice and snow we have endured is yielding and bare ground can be seen once again.

This spring is particularly poignant with the the vaccinations for COVID rolling out. A renewed sense of hope that life will return to some form of normal, is seeping into our collective consciousness. Add to this cheery thought the youthful feeling that spring brings as we escape the cold darkness of winter. In the spirit of spring and that youthful feeling, CommArts is set to share performances from youthful performers to help cheer your heart and please your ears!

On Friday, March 26, Young Tradition Vermont will kick off the first of a series of interview/performances with young musicians and dancers. Our first in this pilot series will be an interview with McKinley James, a cellist studying at New England Conservatory!

McKinley has performed with Vermont Youth Orchestra, Boston Youth Symphony, and the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. She is a founding member of the band Night Tree, that won the New England Conservatory’s Honors Ensemble. Together they have toured throughout the US, opened for Solas in Portsmouth Music Hall, and played in Jordan Hall and Rockwood Music Hall. They released their debut album in 2017 and toured in Europe in 2018. She has also toured in China with her piano trio.

Also in the works (dates TBD) will be a series performances from the Kingdom All Stars. If you haven’t heard them play, you might want to. These high school students write and perform their own music and performed at several area venues and festivals.

Lastly, I’m putting out the call for other youth oriented projects and organizations that connect youth with music and dance especially traditional music. Know anyone in Israel or Zimbabwe? Send them my way!