Marlboro College

NewsPress Release - 4/12/2000

MARLBORO, VT -- WRSI "The River" (95.3 and 100.7) and Marlboro College present a one-night performance of the Innocence Mission at 8 p.m. Friday, May 5, in the College's newly renovated Persons Auditorium.

Hailing from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, the Innocence Mission is a folk-rock band featuring husband-and-wife team Don and Karen Peris and bass player Mike Bitts. Their music is compared to the style of 10,000 Maniacs, the Sundays, and Mazzy Star.

Known for beautiful melodies, haunting female vocals, and enchanting poetry, Innocence Mission has been developing a loyal fan base that crosses generations since the release of their debut album in 1986. Their fourth album -- "Birds of My Neighborhood" - was released in August 1999.

Innocence Mission appeared with Lilith Fair on select dates in 1999. Also, Karen and Don Peris sang and performed on Natalie Merchant's album "Ophelia," and Karen has performed on albums for John Hiatt and Joni Mitchell, among other artists. The Innocence Mission's song "Bright as Yellow" from their "Glow" album appeared on the soundtrack for the movie "Empire Records."

Opening for the Innocence Mission will be Marlboro singer/songwriter Carl Christensen and trumpeter/arranger Charlie Schneeweis, performing a series of original songs from Christensen's soon-to-be-released CD "Black River."

Christensen has been writing and performing for more than 20 years. His music embodies contemporary acoustic tradition with complex vocal harmonies and strong guitar work. For the last eight years, he has been off the tour circuit and focusing on writing, composing, and collaborating with Schneeweis and fellow singer/songwriter Louise Taylor.

Schneeweis has a diverse musical career that includes performances with pop stars Gene Pitney, The Four Tops, and Ben E. King and many jazz greats such as J.J. Johnson and Don Cherry. Most recently, he played trumpet with The Virtual Consort. He also performs regularly with many Brattleboro-area bands and with the owner of Mediamuse, a multimedia audio production company.

Tickets are $15 each in advance through the Northampton Box Office at (800) The-Tick or (413) 586-8686. Tickets are also available at Meridian's Music in Brattleboro, For the Record in Amherst, and The Music Shop at Colonial Mill Marketplace in Keene. Tickets will also be sold at the door -- if still available -- for $17 each. Also, WRSI "The River" will be giving away three pairs of tickets to listeners during the two weeks preceding the concert.

Persons Auditorium is fully accessible. For more information, please contact the Marlboro College Student Activities Office at (802) 258-9248 or

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