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Beth Sorensen
Office of Communications
503/777-7574
beth.sorensen@reed.edu


JOHN VERGIN TO PERFORM WINTER CONCERT

Portland singer and composer John Vergin '78 will present his annual seasonal program, "Winter's Voice," a compilation of songs, poetry, and prose on the themes of winter and Christmas, on Monday, December 14, at 7 p.m. in the Reed College chapel. Admission to the concert, which is now accessible by elevator, is $10 general and $5 students and seniors. For more information, please call the Reed events line at 503/777-7755.

Drawing from sources ancient and contemporary, as varied as the "Coventry Carol" and the "Cherry Tree Carol," and including poetry and prose both humorous and introspective, Vergin gathers many threads to form a texture that is in turn nostalgic, light-hearted, and thoughtful. Vergin accompanies himself on the folk harp, and much of the material presented in "Winter's Voice" is his own original work. In October of this year, Vergin successfully produced Final Quartet, a chamber opera of which he was composer and librettist. He is active in Portland's singing and theatre communities, and this past year he received a "drammy" award for his role as KoKo in the Musical Theatre Company's production of The Mikado.. Vergin teaches singing part time at Reed College.