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Back Roads and Back Alleys

The Asylum Quartet hit the road these past two weekends to play our first concerts in Vermont and Rhode Island. We had the pleasure of presenting two very different concerts in two very different venues.

Hooker-Dunham Theater

Hooker-Dunham Theater

On April 4, we performed at The Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery in Brattleboro, Vermont. The theater is in the center of downtown, although you’d never know it. Through the alley and down the stairs lays a vibrant arts space. The cozy 99-seat theater is nested into the foundation of the building giving it an almost subterranean feel.

Being the first Friday of the month in Brattleboro, we weren’t the only show in town. Gallery Walk was going on in full force with people enjoying some of the thirty-two art galleries and exhibits that are open to the public in downtown Brattleboro. Our contribution to the festivities was a fun program that included electronic works, indie-rock, and even a little funk-klezmer fusion. Jerry Springer also made an appearance as a part of Jacob TV’s, Heartbreakers. According to one audience member, it was “a complete gas!” 

This past weekend we took a pleasant Sunday drive through the winding scenic roads of Eastern Connecticut to the Chepachet Free Will Baptist Church in Chepachet, Rhode Island as part of their Music at the Meetinghouse series. 

 

Chepachet Free Will Baptist Church

Chepachet Free Will Baptist Church

Playing in front of a one hundred year old pipe organ in an almost two hundred year old church isn’t a bad way to spend a Sunday afternoon. We presented a program of our staples, featuring works by Glazounov, Lago, and Moondog. Afterwards we had a chance to talk with many of the audience members, the vast majority of whom had never heard a group like ours. Their response and feedback was overwhelmingly positive. It was certainly a pleasure to share our music with such a delightful audience. 

Preparing to play in front of a one hundred year old organ

Preparing to play in front of a one hundred year old organ

E. W. Lane Organ

E. W. Lane Organ