Plainfield Arts Presents: Heliand Consort

  • December 3, 2023 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Plainfield Opera House

    18 High Street
    Plainfield, Vermont 05667
Ticket Price $0.00-$30.00 This event is now over

Online ticket sales for this event are now closed but tickets will be available when the doors open at 3:30 pm for those without advanced reservations.

Heliand Consort brings their new winter program, When The Snows Fall, to Plainfield Opera House! Traverse the Americas in this imaginative hour of chamber music with Heliand.  With a musical travelogue by William Grant Still, a milonga by Astor Piazzolla, relaxing grooves of Chick Corea, and other favorites from their catalog.

We encourage online reservations to ensure your seat. Online ticket sales end on December 2nd at 4:00 PM. If you need to pay with cash or check at the door, reserve your seat here with the "pay at the door" option.  A limited number of tickets will be available when the doors open at 3:30 pm for those without advanced reservations.


Heliand tells stories through music.
Playing, singing, speaking, sharing stories – we build bridges to the past and illuminate connections to today’s music. We do away with formality and stylistic boundaries. We seek the spaces where styles meet and overlap.
Our mission is to build community through the shared experience of chamber music. We achieve this through our expansive programming, our artistry and our outreach.

Cynthia Huard, piano: A featured soloist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the Aston Magna Early Music Festival, Cynthia has appeared as a pianist and harpsichordist throughout the United States and in Europe.

As Artistic Director of the Rochester Chamber Music Society, Cynthia has performed with Lark Quartet, Johannes Quartet, cellist Nathaniel Rosen, and with chamber players of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Toronto Symphony, National Symphony, and the Colorado, Utah, and Vermont Symphony Orchestras.

She holds advanced degrees from Indiana University and The Akademie of Music in Graz, Austria. Cynthia teaches piano and chamber music at Middlebury College.

Rachael Elliot, bassoon: Rachael has performed with Heliand since its founding in 2007. An avid chamber musician, her other groups include Clogs, Dark in the Song, Rushes Ensemble, and Tuple.

With Clogs, Rachael has recorded five critically acclaimed albums and performed on stages and at festivals across the USA, Canada, UK, Europe and Australia. Other recordings include her solo album “Polka the Elk” (2011), “Darker Things” (2019) with Tuple, and “Rushes” (2014) with Rushes Ensemble.

Rachael teaches bassoon, contemporary chamber music, wind pedagogy, and is a member of the career coaching staff at Longy School of Music in Cambridge, MA. Rachael is a certified life coach and Certified Start With Heart Facilitator.

Katie Oprea, oboe: A native of St. Albans, Katie studied oboe with her father and later joined the Vermont Youth Orchestra, where she performed as a youth soloist with the VYO and VSO. Her principal teachers include Neil Boyer at the University of Southern Maine, Mark Weiger at the University of Iowa and César Ognibene at the Conservatoire National de Région of Lyon, in France.

While in Europe, she served as principal oboist with the Romanian State Opera of Timisoara and also appeared with the Timisoara Philharmonic, the Europa Symphony, and the Bolshoi Ballet.

Katie performs frequently with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Burlington Ensemble and is principal oboist with Opera Company of Middlebury. She teaches oboe lessons in Bakersfield.

Date & Time

Sun, Dec 3, 2023 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Venue Details

Plainfield Opera House

18 High Street
Plainfield, Vermont 05667 Plainfield Opera House
Plainfield Opera House

The Plainfield Town Hall Opera House is a modest-sized, affordable venue, with a capacity of 240 people (including a balcony that holds 45).

It is available to host all kinds of events – opera, theater, lectures, dances, movies, weddings, meetings, and other special events. It is valued for its excellent acoustic qualities and for the ambiance created by its high, tin-clad ceilings and walls, its hardwood floor, tall sash windows, proscenium stage, and red velvet curtains.

The building is owned and maintained by the town of Plainfield and is managed by the non-profit “Friends of the Plainfield Town Hall Opera House” (FTHOH), an organization of volunteers dedicated to keeping the arts and community alive and thriving in Plainfield and the surrounding region.

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