As Eleva's compère, G. Richard Ames enhances the concert experience with oral program notes that shed light on the context and the creativity of each musical piece. He is an actor and activist from Burlington. He performs regularly for QuarryWorks Theater in Adamant, Lost Nation Theater in Montpelier, and at many other venues in northern and central Vermont. He is an activist for civil rights, litter eradication, and for peace. Rick is pleased to be at these concerts, both as emcee and as an eager listener to Eleva's musical offerings.