Monday, December 20, 2010

"One GREEN Earth" to air on RETN

The VSO presents an orchestral youth concert every year as part of its SymphonyKids Educational Outreach programs and in conjunction with the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts Student Matinee Series. This year's program was all about conveying a message through music about sustainability and being "green." The Regional Educational Television Network (RETN) was on location and filmed the program. It will air on RETN North on Comcast and Burlington Telecom channel 16 (Burlington, Charlotte, Essex, Essex Junction, South Burlington, Winooski and Williston) plus RETN South on Comcast channel 16 (Charlotte, Ferrisbugh, Hinesburg, Saint George, Shelburne and Vergennes).

Here are the airtimes:

Friday, December 24 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, December 25 at 8 a.m.
Sunday, December 26 at 8 a.m.

We will announce more airings as we learn of them. Keep reading for detailed information about "One GREEN Earth."

"One GREEN Earth"
You probably know that Green Up Day is May 1, and you may know that Green Up Vermont is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2010, but did you know that the Vermont Symphony Orchestra is joining the campaign to protect our precious environment? On December 2, “One GREEN Earth” will premiere at the Flynn Center in Burlington!

Bill Shontz, CEO of the Children’s Music Hall of Fame and a veteran entertainer and educator, emcees the presentation. A video of photos taken on Green Up Day accompanies Shontz’s rendition of “Green Up.” For “One Earth,” powerful slides from EARTHWATCH have the lyrics super-imposed for an audience singalong. The orchestra plays works by Verdi, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Strauss, and John Williams.

Copland’s Shaker tune “’Tis a Gift to Be Simple” reflects a reverence for the natural world, while Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land” inspires us all! Other ingredients of the program are: a song about solar and wind power written and performed by students; a contest for schools to create instruments out of recycled materials; and musicians volunteering their eco-friendly resolutions for 2011.