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September 26, 2011
Kevin Coburn, Director of Communications

GMC Choir and "We Are the Men" Join in Benefit Concert

POULTNEY--The Slate Valley Museum, built to commemorate an industry that drew much of its labor force from Welsh immigrants, was badly damaged by flooding from Hurricane Irene. Now the Welsh music community from around New England is stepping up to hold a benefit concert for repairs to the museum.

On Saturday evening, October 15 at 7:30, Green Mountain College’s choir and “We Are The Men,” a 30-member male voice choir which performs songs in the Welsh tradition, will share the stage at Ackley Hall on the GMC campus. Proceeds from the concert will benefit the State Valley Museum. Admission is $10 for adults - there is no fee for GMC students or children. Donations beyond the admission fee will gladly be accepted. The performance is part of the GMC Welsh Festival taking place that afternoon at the College’s Cerridwen Farm.

Under the direction of Professor James Cassarino, the GMC choir is the only American college choir that maintains a Welsh language repertory. In celebrating its Welsh heritage, the choir has toured Wales five times since 1998. “We Are The Men” takes its membership from some 17 towns on Cape Cod, from Sandwich, Mass. in the west, to North Chatham, Mass. in the east. Its director, Chris Roberts, is a native of Wrexham, North Wales.

The Slate Valley Museum, located on Water Street in Granville, N.Y., is planning a grand re-opening for October 7.

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