...used to be a church
Detail of the south tower
Interior balcony; pussy willow is an Easter symbol
A full house
Scarlatti Sonata in D major, K.21
(preceded by 21 ii-V-I’s)
Brahms Clarinet Sonata in F minor, mvt. III, with Ginny Churchill
The Richmond Climate Action Committee was also present and distributed booklets from their 2021 exhibition What Will Suffice: Artists and Poets Respond to the Climate Crisis.
This was our first concert since the passing of Pete Sutherland, so we reprised our audience sing-along of his “Robin Hood” which we had also sung in Sharon. Like Cochran’s, Pete combined the highest mastery with the broadest inclusiveness and a passion for passing his art to young people, and his Young Tradition project has become another Vermont institution.
Rebecca Mueller fills in Richmond
Dedicated In Loving Memory To PIA CATHARINA (VLIEGER) GARRETT Who Shared A Great Love Of Music With Her Family PAUL, JOHANNES AND GERLISA. Pia Always Encouraged Her Family’s Musical Talents. Through Their Generous Donation, The Garrett Family Provided The Seed And Encouragement That Helped To Establish The Richmond Free Library Piano Fund. They Have Honored Pia’s Memory By Giving Our Community The Opportunity To Experience The Joy Of Music That This Piano Will Provide. May 2nd, 2004
Pia Vlieger was an Dutch exchange student in Missouri when she met Paul Garrett, who was home on a visit. They kept in touch, and within a few years they were married and living in Springfield Vermont. Pia started taking ballet classes, which sparked an interest in anatomy. In the Netherlands, Pia had worked in four languages as a secretary for the cassette tape division of Philips. Her extensive language skills found no outlet in Vermont, so she followed a friend’s advice and went back to school at UVM to become a physical therapist, occasioning the family’s move to northern Vermont. She so excelled in her second career that the Vermont Chapter of the APTA named its award for “Enthusiasm and Love of Physical Therapy” after her.
While still in her 40s, Pia was diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer. In the last months of her life she expressed a desire to learn to play piano, but by then her disease and treatments had so impacted her mind that lessons were not a realistic option. But Paul remembered her wish, and after her death he launched the library’s grand piano fund with a large gift in her memory. A similar amount was raised in smaller donations during a fund drive, and eventually Trey Anastasio, then living in Richmond, made a final donation for the balance needed to secure the piano’s purchase. The Hilberts of Hilberts Pianos in Bristol paid for the instrument’s shipping, assembly, and voicing.
Paul Garrett was in the house and sketched the piano during the concert.
Reading the dedicatory plaque
Sketch by Paul Garrett