A Memorial Celebration of the Life and Work of David Budbill, who passed away at his home in Montpelier on September 25, 2016, will be held at the Barre Opera House, Barre, Vermont, on Sunday, June 25, 2017, from 3 to 5 p.m.

David, who made his home in Vermont for 47 years, is the author of eight books of poems, seven plays, two novels, a collection of short stories, two picture books for children, and the libretto for an opera.  He also played musical instruments including the saxophone and the shakuhachi, and collaborated with musicians and composers.  The event at the Opera House will include the performance of poems set to music by Erik Nielsen; a scene from the opera A FLEETING ANIMAL for which David wrote the libretto and Erik Nielsen wrote the music; a performance by Rusty DeWees, the original Antoine in David’s play, JUDEVINE, and now known as “The Logger”; and a scene from JUDEVINE performed by 5 cast members from Lost Nation Theater’s recent production in Montpelier.  There will also be presentations of poems, photos and stories by family members and friends.

William Parker, New York based avant garde bassist and composer and longtime collaborator with David, will begin and end the program with the ringing of bowls, and will also perform a piece created for the Memorial titled “Requiem for Joy” for which instrumentalist Cooper-Moore and saxophonist Rob Brown are coming also from New York to join him.  David and William performed together in many venues:   around Vermont, in New York City, and, just as David was falling ill, in Milan, Italy.

This event is free and all are welcome to attend.  No advance reservations are necessary. For more information please visit: http://barreoperahouse.org/a-memorial-celebration-of-david-budbill.html.