Folk Trio Wintergreen Brings Anglo-American Blend to Berkshire Museum



(PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – Wintergreen, the longstanding regional folk trio featuring Alice and Larry Spatz and Jared Polens, brings its mixture of traditional and contemporary music from the British Isles and America along with their own compositions to Berkshire Museum on Saturday, February 20, at 1:30pm. Geared for children, the program – a presentation of Berkshire Music School – is designed to appeal to concertgoers of all ages.

Wintergreen programs feature instrumentals based on dance tunes, intricate three-part vocal harmonies, and a wide variety of folk instruments.

Alice and Larry Spatz perform throughout the Northeast, appearing on television and radio, at folk festivals, in concert and at clubs, schools, and colleges. Active folk musicians since the 1960s, they have performed internationally and have recorded several albums and tapes as soloists and with other performers. They may play as many as eight instruments during a performance, including double bass, autoharp, psaltery, guitar, mountain dulcimer, recorder, banjo, and percussion. Their appeal is wide, from audiences of preschoolers to senior citizens.

Jared Polens plays hammered dulcimer alone and with others throughout the Northeast. He was a member of the contradance band Southwind and also sings with the a capella vocal quartet Northern Spy, which has opened for Maura O’Connell and Tom Paxton. For several years he organized weekly music nights on the summit of Mount Greylock, and he has frequently performed at the Acoustic Brew in Williamstown, Mass.

The trio has appeared at the Troy Music Hall; WNYT-TV Albany (NBC); Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown; and has performed several concerts in Germany. The group has recorded four CDs, “Pass It On Down,” “Potluck,” “Old Songs and New,” and “A Song of Home.”

Tickets are $15 adult, $8 child; for Museum members $5 adult, $3 child; children 3 and under free.






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