Chocolate Church to present Pioneer Consort

Posted Wednesday, November 30, 2011 in Culture

Chocolate Church to present Pioneer Consort

BATH — The Chocolate Church Arts Center will present the Pioneer Consort at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3.

Dissolving boundaries, and cross-fertilizing genres, The Pioneer Consort leads their audiences on a sonic tour of diverse cultures and styles — classical, jazz, folk and international idioms — and on a dazzling array of instruments. The group is comprised of Chris Devine on violin, mandolin, guitar and woodwinds; Michael Nix on guitars, mandolin, banjo and Banjar (a seven-string classical banjo of his own design); and Greg Snedeker, cello and piano.

Taking their name from the culturally rich Five-College area in which they live, the Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts, the three musicians have been playing together since 2005. They are known for their improvisation, arranging, and composition skills along with a relaxed, informal stage presence.

In a review of their 2008 release, "World View," and a subsequent recital, Marvin J. Ward of Classical Voice of New England wrote, "(Their) music is lively, full of energy, some of it high octane; the spirit is infectious – it spread through the hall during the recital ... not purely classical, but neither is it purely world music or purely jazz; it ends up being a creative, light, and entertaining blend of the elements and characteristics of all three."

The concert Saturday night will feature holiday music and is suitable for the entire family. Tickets are $17 in advance, and $20 at the door. Tickets may be purchased on line at or by calling 442-8455. The Chocolate Church Arts Center is located at 804 Washington St. in Bath.

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