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NO. R-169.  House concurrent resolution honoring Gary Rosen for his outstanding work in the performing arts.


Offered by:  Representatives Darrow of Dummerston, Deen of Westminster, Milkey of Brattleboro, O’Donnell of Vernon, Pillsbury of Brattleboro, Edwards of Brattleboro and Marek of Newfane.

Offered by:  Senator Gander of Windham District and Senator White of Windham District.

Whereas, Gary Rosen of Brattleboro, a graduate of Oberlin College, is a superlative children’s entertainer who has captured the imaginations of both the young, and the young at heart, with his humorous musical presentations and witty creativity, and

Whereas, for many years, Gary Rosen charmed his audiences as a member of Rosenshontz, his unique whimsical ensemble, and

Whereas, while he has been performing solo in more recent years, his latest  recording, “Pet Sounds,” is a family enterprise, featuring his daughters, Lila and Eliza, and son, Penn, and

Whereas, among the many famous venues where Gary Rosen has performed are the White House, the Smithsonian Institution, Town Hall in New York City, and the Colonial Theater in Boston, and

Whereas, his television appearances have included the Disney Channel, the Showbiz program on CNN, the NBC Today Show, and on the production side of the television camera, he has composed music for public television’s Sesame Street characters, and

Whereas, Meet the Composer, a national organization dedicated to increasing “opportunities for composers by fostering the creation, performance, dissemination, and appreciation of their music,” and the Vermont Council for the Arts have each recognized the quality enjoyment to be derived from Gary Rosen’s delightful repertoire, and

Whereas, this marvelous performer and human being has been diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, a progressively severe disease of the motor nerve cells, and

Whereas, sadly, Gary Rosen’s illustrious performing career will be concluding, and thousands of youngsters will be unable to experience the joy of watching him entertain in person, and

Whereas, Gary Rosen will perform one last concert in appreciation of all the children who have made his ingenious musical productions so much fun for him to write and sing, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors Gary Rosen for his outstanding work in the performing arts and expresses its thoughts of support for him at this time, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Gary Rosen in Brattleboro.


Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont