legacy

Robert De Cormier's final bows with Counterpoint

Legacy, indeed.

That was the word used to describe Counterpoint’s three-concert series this weekend, beginning in Hanover on Friday evening and concluding today at St. Paul’s in Burlington. The journey itself began a little over 10 years ago when Robert De Cormier founded Vermont’s 12-member professional chorus. Today he stepped down as the ensemble’s Artistic Director, handing over the baton to his successor Nathaniel Lew.

I’ve heard Counterpoint sing “Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier” before, but never as hauntingly serenely as they did today. It was stunning. So was “The Water is Wide” (always a favorite of mine) and the concert’s namesake piece, De Cormier’s “Legacy” four-movement choral cantata dedicated to his late son Christopher. By the time the final notes faded away the appreciative audience was already on its feet in the first of several standing ovations that brought the event to a memorable (and more than a little teary) conclusion. An era has ended.

De Cormier will continue to serve in an emeritus role for Counterpoint, and he will remain the director of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra Chorus.

If you didn’t have a chance to get to the concerts you’ll still be able to be part of the celebration of De Cormier’s legacy, Vermont Public Radio recorded today’s performance for future broadcast. We’ll let you know when that’s been scheduled.

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