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Maple Jam celebrates Valentine’s Day with a cappella love songs at Chandler

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Maple Jam

Friday, Feb. 15, 7:30 p.m.—RANDOLPH— Maple Jam, Vermont’s celebrated a cappella jazz septet, returns to Chandler Center for the Arts with an evening of classic love songs in honor of Valentine’s Day. The jazzy vocal masters will share their artistry as part of Chandler’s intimate Live & Upstairs! music series in the Upper Gallery on Friday, Feb. 15 at 7:30 p.m.

Maple Jam is set to serve up a program of romantic sounds from the “Great American Songbook” in a belated Valentine’s Day celebration that will warm the hearts of lovers, friends, and families.

The septet is presently in a studio recording its second CD, which will feature signature tunes of Frank Sinatra, Antonio Carlos Jobim, and Miles Davis, as well as music of the big-band and bebop eras. Their Chandler performance will be liberally sprinkled with love songs from the upcoming recording, as well as standards from Maple Jam’s extensive repertoire of jazz classics.

The master vocalists of Maple Jam, all based in Vermont, include Clara Cavitt, alto; Karen Chickering, soprano; Vikki Day, alto; Jose Schmidt, bass; Alexandra “Alex” Tursi, soprano; Maarten van Ryckevorsel, tenor/vocal percussion; and Andy Warner, baritone. Collectively and individually, the group members share experiences and roots in a wide range of the region’s most acclaimed vocal outfits, including the Vermont Symphony Orchestra Chorus, the Vermont Choral Union, the Oriana Singers, Counterpoint, Bella Voce, and the Burlington Choral Society.

For tickets and more information, call 802-728-6464, visit, or stop by Chandler weekdays between 12-4 p.m. Chandler is located at 71-73 Main St., Randolph.

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