February 26, 2002

Contact: Sarah Ray
802-443-5794
sray@middlebury.edu
Posted: February 26, 2002

MIDDLEBURY, VT - The Quebecois musical group Matapat will give a concert on Sunday, March 10, from 3-5 p.m. in the Middlebury College McCullough Student Center on Old Chapel Road off South Main Street (Route 30). The event is free and open to the public.

The three members of Matapat?Gaston Bernard, Benoit Bourque and Simon Lepage? offer their traditional dance, music and song with humor and energy. Bernard is equally at home on mandolin, fiddle, guitar and bouzouki and has been involved in a variety of musical projects, ranging from French and Greek to Celtic and African music. Bourque, a charismatic step dancer, also plays accordion and bones, providing the percussive underpinnings of the band. On bass, composer and arranger Lepage adds depth to the trio with his diverse background in world music. Benoit and Gaston are former members of the band "Ad Vielle Que Pourra."

Concert organizer Anna Sun of the Middlebury College French department said, "They will transport you to a Quebec kitchen party and warm your heart. Prepare yourself for a show you will never forget!"

For more information, contact Anna Sun of the Middlebury College French department, at sun@middlebury.edu or 803-443-5527.

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