In May of this year, University of Vermont professor and composer-pianist David Feurzeig embarked on his Play Every Town Tour. His goal is to play 252 free concerts in each of Vermont’s 252 towns. He hopes to become the first musician to perform in every Vermont municipality
His 11th concert so far will be tomorrow, Sunday at 4pm in Westmore at the Westmore Community Church, located at 27 Hinton Hill Road.
Concert number 11 will include Westmore violinist Peter Miller, who will join the pianist for a sonata.
Feurzeig specializes in genre-defying recitals that bring together music from ancient and classical to jazz, avant-garde, and popular traditions. His concerts are peppered with informative and humorous commentary and give the audience an eye- and ear-opening event.
“Classical music culture puts the great composers on an almost religious pedestal,” he said. “Once this was an indication of the audience’s love and respect, but it distances people from the music. It turns away new listeners, who feel like they’re in a stuffy museum instead of a live concert. Sure, the music can be serious, but there’s no reason anyone should feel intimidated. And if I don’t get a laugh from the audience in the first two minutes, I get worried.”