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Collegiate A Cappella Benefit Concert Returns to Brattleboro on February 1

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    BRATTLEBORO, VT, December 26, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Some of the best undergraduate singing groups in the nation will perform at the Latchis Theatre on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 7:30 p.m., in Brattleboro's 11th Annual Collegiate A Cappella Concert. A benefit for the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center (BMAC) sponsored by Brattleboro Savings & Loan, the concert will feature the Dartmouth Aires, Tufts Beelzebubs, Amherst Zumbyes, University of Vermont Cat's Meow, Clark Bars, and one other group to be announced soon. Tickets are available exclusively through Prices range from $20 to $35, with a limited number of front-row, VIP tickets available at $75 each. This popular event regularly sells out, so those interested in attending are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance. For more information, call BMAC at 802-257-0124, ext. 101.

The all-male Dartmouth Aires and Tufts Beelzebubs are veterans of NBC's a cappella competition show, "The Sing-Off." Both groups finished in second place -- the Aires in 2011, and the Bubs in 2009. Both groups make a point of including Brattleboro on their annual touring schedules, which also feature performances throughout the country and around the world, at major sporting events, and at such venues as Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and The White House. The Bubs were the real-life voices of the Dalton Academy Warblers on Fox's smash hit "Glee," and they were the focus of the book "Pitch Perfect," on which the 2012 blockbuster Hollywood movie of the same name was based. The Bubs count among their alumni Brattleboro native Penn Rosen, BMAC Director Danny Lichtenfeld, Putney School Director of Admissions John Barrengos, and Saxtons River physician Gary Clay.

Making their first appearance in Brattleboro are the co-ed Clark Bars of Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, whose members include Julia Stevens, a 2013 graduate of Brattleboro Union High School. Returning to the Latchis stage are the UVM Cat's Meow, with Christine Lanoue, a 2010 graduate of Mt. Anthony Union High School in Bennington. Rounding out the lineup are the all-male Amherst Zumbyes, whom the New York Times called "the most dangerous a cappella group on the planet," and one more group to be announced soon.

Founded in 1972, the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center presents rotating exhibits of contemporary art, complemented by lectures, artist talks, film screenings, and other public programs. The museum's exhibits and gift shop are open Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 11-5; Friday: 11-7; Saturday: 10-5. Regular admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $4 for students. Members and children under 6 are admitted free of charge. Located in historic Union Station in downtown Brattleboro, at the intersection of Main Street and Routes 119 and 142, the museum is wheelchair accessible. For more information call 802-257-0124 or visit

Major support for BMAC is provided by its members and Entergy Vermont Yankee, Foard Panel, C&S Wholesale Grocers, Sam's Outdoor Outfitters, People's United Bank, Brattleboro Ford Subaru, Whetstone Station Restaurant & Brewery, and Allen Brothers Oil.

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