'New Age' master musician Will Ackerman makes Vergennes appearance

Grammy Award winning guitarist

Will and Karen Ackerman.

Will and Karen Ackerman. Courtesy of Vergennes Opera House

— The Vergennes Opera House hosts a performance by Grammy Award winner Will Ackerman on Friday, May, 11 at 8 p.m. as part of its Acoustic Encounters benefit concert series, sponsored by Vintage Fitness.

The singer-songwriter showcase also features performances by Bob Recupero, Josh Brooks, Chris Wyckoff, Darren Donovan and Mateo Palmer.

Proceeds from this special event benefit the Friends of the Vergennes Opera House.

This one-of-a-kind concert was put together by teenager, musician, and friend of the Opera House Mateo Palmer.

“I was first introduced to the style of music, New Age, by my father. The first song I listened to by Will Ackerman was ‘Passage’ and I absolutely loved it. I learned this song on my guitar, and my first solo performance of a New Age piece was at my church where I played ‘Passage.’” said Mateo.

“I finally decided that I really wanted to see Will Ackerman live, and then thought of the idea that maybe I could email him and see if he could play a benefit gig at the Vergennes Opera House. Will Ackerman quickly responded. I then started emailing and calling people up to see if they were interested in playing in the benefit. Everyone I called responded and said they would definitely be willing to be part of the benefit," he noted.

Ackerman's career spans more than three decades of remarkable vision, single-minded determination, fervent business savvy, and "a thorough love of the mystery of making music." The glory years at Windham Hill with Ackerman at the helm launched the recording careers of an abundant list of acoustic instrumentalists, many of whom became household names.

Tickets for the performance are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors/students and under 10 are Free.

Tickets are available at the Opera House, Classic Stitching in Vergennes, and online at www.vergennesoperahouse.org.

Seating is general admission.

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