Scrag Mountain Music will present “String Circle,” a program of music that highlights the vibrant sounds of strings. Centered on Johannes Brahms’ rich Sextet No. 1, Scrag Artistic Directors Evan Premo (double bass) and Mary Bonhag (soprano) are joined by celebrated string players, violinists Anna Elashvili and Yonah Zur, violists Margaret Dyer and Ayane Kozasa, and cellist Karen Ouzounian. Performances are:
— Thursday, May 9: Shelburne – Bread & Butter Farm, 200 Leduc Farm Road, 7:30 p.m.
— Friday, May 10: Randolph – Chandler Center for the Arts, 71-73 Main St., 7:30 p.m.
— Saturday, May 11: Montpelier – Unitarian Church, 130 Main St., 7:30 p.m.
— Sunday, May 12: Warren – United Church, 339 Main St., 4 p.m.
“String Circle” celebrates spring with a fresh program of music that draws influence from both classical and folk-based traditions. The program highlights Brahms’ lush Sextet No. 1 in B-flat major, featuring two violins, two violas, cello and Premo on double bass performing the traditional second cello part.
The concert also includes two groove-based works that draw inspiration from American folk music — the viola quintet “String Circle” by Kenji Bunch, longtime member of the Craftsbury Chamber Players, and Evan Chambers’ trio “Love Dogs,” based on a Rumi poem and performed by Elashvili (violin), Kozasa (viola), and Premo (double bass). Bonhag joins the instrumentalists for Jean Sibelius’ Arioso, Op. 3, which poetically depicts the change in season.
“Scrag loves to present concerts that showcase works inspired by different musical traditions, especially from the folk tradition, music that I was so immersed in growing up,” Premo said. “We are excited to welcome to Vermont five of our wonderfully talented string colleagues to offer this rich and invigorating concert of sound that will pair well with the budding of nature around us.”
All concerts are “Come as you are. Pay what you can.” (Donations are collected at intermission.) Securing your seats in advance is encouraged as space is limited; go online to www.scragmountainmusic.org.