Do You Have Your Buttons Yet?

by sarah on December 12, 2014

Hello Friends of First Night Burlington!

It’s just under a month until our 32nd annual First Night festivities will take place in downtown Burlington. Artists, volunteers and staff are all gearing up to make this one of the best New Year’s Eve celebrations yet. All you have to do is buy your buttons and tickets!

You may know by now that our button prices have been significantly lowered this year in order to make First Night more accessible for the entire community. Adult buttons cost just $15 while Kids’ buttons will remain at the low price of $5. For students over 12 years of age with a valid ID, there is a new Student button available for only $10! A Student button must be purchased with a valid student ID or proof of age for middle-school students without an ID. As a result, Student buttons can only be purchased at the First Night office at 230 College Street, Burlington. The $10 Student button price will remain the same even on the day of the First Night festival, December 31.

Buttons are, as always, available by phone at (802) 863-6005, online, or in our office at 230 College Street. Still, we are aware that many of our First Night Burlington guests come from all corners of Vermont. In order to accommodate you, there are various outlets across the state where buttons are now on sale.

The First Night Burlington 2015 Festival Guide is available at all button sales outlets. If for any reason the Program Guide is out of stock, just head to our website for a printable version of the schedule.

Tickets for our featured shows – the Vermont Youth Orchestra, Circus Smirkus, Burlington Taiko, the Bluegrass Gospel Project, and Ray Vega & Tales From The Boogie Down – are just $5. Tickets can be purchased at the First Night office or on our website. (Tickets are not available at button sales outlets.)

For those of us involved in organizing First Night Burlington, there is no better holiday gift than seeing our community enjoy the celebration and begin the New Year with a smile. We look forward to seeing all of you very soon!

Happy Holidays,

Tom, Muffie, Sarah, Pam, and Anna


Global Sounds at First Night

by sarah on November 18, 2014

Hello First Night Burlington Friends –

We are counting down the weeks to First Night Burlington 2015. As mentioned in previous blog posts, we’re very excited about the many changes we’ve put in place this year. Along with lower button prices and a slew of talented new artists, we’re also pleased to offer First Night attendees genre-specific venues so that you can remain in one place for much of the time if you’re an ardent fan of a particular type of music, theater, or dance.

We’re taking the opportunity in today’s blog to highlight performances in our “Global Sounds” series of international music performances, which are all slated for the Unitarian Universalist Church at the top of Church Street. Migmar Tsering, Tenores de Aterúe, and Grup Anwar are among the exciting international acts we’ll be presenting at the UU this New Year’s Eve.

Migmar Tsering is a Tibetan native who grew up in India due to the social and political unrest that still characterizes Tibet today. His performances of traditional Tibetan song, guitar, flute, and dances pay tribute to an important part of Tibetan cultural history, preserving it for future generations.

Tenores de Aterúe, a vocal quartet, performs the harmonic throat signing of the Mediterranean island of Sardinia. Cantu a tenore features complex, interlocking dance rhythms magnified by ringing overtones. This combination of sound is at once otherworldly and infectiously down-home. Vermont resident Avery Book (bassu), Gideon Crevoshay (mesu oche), Carl Linich (contra), and Doug Paisley (oche) comprise this captivating group. The quartet will also be performing at First Night’s classical music venue, the First Baptist Church, on New Year’s Eve.

Grup Anwar was formed in 2012 to bring the classical and popular music of the Middle East to a wider audience in northern New England and New York. The group’s leader – violinist, oudist, and composer Anwar Diab Agha – played for many years with the Syrian National Radio and Television Orchestra in Damascus. He has toured internationally with many of the finest musicians in the Arab world. In addition to Agha on violin, oud, and vocals, Grup Anwar – proud recipient of the Flynn Center’s 2014 Artists’ Space Grant – includes Jeffrey Davis (oud, nay), Colin Henkel (doumbek), Alia Scheirman (violin), and Gregory White (oud).

You can find all of these artists performing at the Unitarian Universalist Church on First Night Burlington 2015. Grup Anwar will be performing from 4-4:40 pm, Migmar Tsering will take the stage from 7-7:40 pm, and the Tenores de Aterúe will follow from 8-8:40 pm.

Stay Warm –

Tom, Muffie, Pam, Sarah, and Anna


Dance Your Way Into the New Year!

November 11, 2014

Dear Friends of First Night Burlington, First Night is about much more than music. It is also a great place to dance away the last night of the year! This year we have some special treats for all kinds of folks who love to get out on the dance floor. First Night Burlington will once […]

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First Night Burlington 2015 buttons are here!

October 29, 2014

First Night Burlington 2015 buttons have arrived and the exciting news doesn’t stop there, folks—prices have been lowered! The price of a First Night 2015 Adult button will be just $15, a full 25% off the price of the past few years. And we’re also introducing a new, lower-priced Student button for anyone over 12 […]

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New Artist: Cricket Blue

October 27, 2014

Dear Friends of First Night Burlington, This is probably a busy week for many of you as Halloween approaches, and we’re here to help you take a break and refuel your creative juices. Take a moment to check out Cricket Blue’s new EP while you’re putting your costume together! The EP is free for download […]

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New Artist: Francesca Blanchard

October 17, 2014

Hello, Friends of First Night Burlington – It may seem like New Year’s Eve is far away, but for First Night staff and volunteers, it’s approaching rapidly. We’re working hard to make this year’s festivities the best we’ve ever offered. In order to prepare you for “a night you’ll remember,” we’ll be featuring many of […]

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Looking Ahead to First Night 2015 -

October 2, 2014

Coming Soon: First Night 2015 Button Sales at Dramatically Lower Prices! It has been a busy summer and early fall here at the First Night Burlington office. We’ve wrapped up all of the programming for First Night 2015 and are delighted to report that New Year’s Eve festival goers will be enchanted by more than […]

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What’s New at First Night 2014

December 24, 2013

Hello, friends of First Night. As our days here in the office start to fly by and we get ever closer to New Year’s Eve,  we can’t help but be excited about the plethora of new talent at First Night Burlington 2014. We do our best to hire nearly one-third new artists each year to […]

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Volunteers Needed!

December 4, 2013

First Night runs on volunteers—this year we need about 300 people to make YOUR event a success.  Choose from a wide variety of jobs—from face painting to button selling, and a wide variety of venues—from City Hall to Champlain College’s Alumni Auditorium.  Volunteering at First Night is fun! Our volunteers come back year after year!  […]

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Africa To Vermont

November 26, 2013

First Night Burlington is delighted to present a special selection of performances and activities this New Year’s Eve entitled Africa to Vermont. These events will celebrate emerging and established artists from New American communities in Vermont, with a particular focus on artists of the African diaspora. Performers in the Africa to Vermont program include African […]

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