Arts, Dining & Entertainment

The theme of the season is heard through carols


Music director Michael Zsoldos and the BarnArts Chorale is beginning preparations for the highlight of its winter programming, “Winter Carols,” with rehearsals starting this week.  “Winter Carols” is a performance of carols with a focus on the themes of Winter Sostice.  The performance will be held at First Universalist Church and Society of Barnard on Dec. 15. There will be an outdoor performance on Dec. 16 in Woodstock.  

Rehearsals for the upcoming event are Monday nights from 6-8 p.m., Nov. 13-Dec. 11 at Barnard’s First Universalist Church, 6211 VT-12, Barnard.

Leading the performance is conductor Michael Zsoldos, who is based in Woodstock. Zsoldos is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and Michigan State University where he studied with Branford Marsalis. His current performances projects are “Music for Loving: A Tribute to Ben Webster”, the Miro Sprague Quintet and The Convergence Project. Michael composed and performed the music for the 2017 documentary Seeing Through The Wall: Meeting Ourselves in Palestine and Israel.

Zsoldos is a lecturer in classical saxophone at Dartmouth, the instrumental arranger of the Dartmouth Gospel Choir, and a faculty member of Interplay Jazz and Arts and the Vermont Jazz Center’s Summer Jazz Workshop, where he teaches jazz improvisation and leads jazz combos. 

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