Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Seeking Production Crew for the TD Bank Summer Festival Tour

Go on tour with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra this summer. Hard-working, positive people needed for the Vermont Symphony’s Summer Festival Tour production crew. Short-term employment from Tuesday, June 28 through Monday, July 4 and Thursday, July 7 through Monday, July 11. Expect long days working outside including heavy lifting. Some overnight stays. Valid license and team player mentality required. Send your resume and a short note to Rebecca for more information or call (800) VSO-9293 x13.
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SymphonyKids Spotlight: Raising Cane

Each year, the BCA Center gives the VSO a grant to send one Musicians-in-the-Schools ensemble to every elementary school in Burlington. This year, our woodwind trio, Raising Cane, has the pleasure of making the annual rounds. WCAX produced a short video of the trio at Champlain Elementary on Tuesday, May 24, 2011. Watch the video below by clicking "Keep reading!" See the video, complete article and photos on the WCAX website. Read more to find out about bringing any of the VSO's SymphonyKids Educational Outreach programs into your school.

Our core outreach program, Musicians-in-the-Schools, includes seven different ensembles that are available for in-school presentations. Concerts include demonstration of instruments, a wide sampling of repertoire, audience participation, and a certain amount of zany humor. These groups normally present three 45-minute shows a day, which can be in three different schools if they are close enough geographically. All presentations are most appropriate for elementary age students. The cost is $285 per performance, or $850 for a full day. Subsidy money is often available, especially if schools help set up bookings. For more information or to book a Musicians-in-the-Schools ensemble, please e-mail Eleanor Long or call (800) VSO-9293 x 14.
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Monday, May 16, 2011

2011 TD Bank Summer Festival Tour dates announced

Enjoy music fit for a king…on a soft summer evening in Vermont! The Vermont Symphony Orchestra presents its popular TD Bank Summer Festival Tour in eight outdoor locations this summer with a program entitled “Symphony Royale,” Anthony Princiotti conducting. From Friday, July 1 through Sunday, July 10, the Orchestra will perform in eight idyllic mountain and lakeside settings across the state. Tickets are now available through the Flynn Regional Box Office and will be available at local outlets by the end of the week.

Handel’s musical fireworks begin the program and Northstar’s real-life fireworks conclude it, in this homage to royalty. Our noble procession includes Scheherazade’s Kalendar Prince, the King and Queen of Troy, and the King of Siam. In honor of Independence Day, we celebrate our freedom from monarchical rule with America’s own version of royalty, Duke Ellington! The performance is crowned, as always, by the majestic 1812 Overture and selections from Sousa, the March King.

Keep reading for the schedule and program or view it on our website by clicking here.

“The VSO is the only orchestra that actually tours the state each summer,” says executive director Alan Jordan. “All of us look forward to the summer tour. It’s become a cherished summer tradition. This summer, we’re especially lucky to be the only outdoor concert at Shelburne Farms,” he says. “So we hope people will get their tickets, gather their picnics, and join us under the stars in a town nearby this July.”

Gates at the various sites will open for picnicking between 5:00 and 5:30 p.m. depending on location. Tickets range from $31-34 for adults; free to $17 for children under age 12. Tickets purchased at the gate will be subject to a surcharge, so advance purchase is recommended. All sites are wheelchair accessible.

For nine consecutive years, TD Bank has kindly served as the title sponsor for the VSO’s Summer Festival Tour.

SMITH Star Spangled Banner
DVORAK Carnival Overture
HANDEL Overture from Music for the Royal Fireworks
BERLIOZ Ballet Music from Les Troyens
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV The Kalendar Prince from Scheherazade
MEYERBEER Coronation March from Le Proph├Ęte
ELLINGTON, arr. CUSTER Duke Ellington!
RODGERS, arr. BENNETT The King and I
TCHAIKOVSKY 1812 Overture

Friday, July 1 Sugarbush Resort, Warren
Saturday, July 2 Hildene Meadowlands, Manchester
Sunday, July 3 Grafton Ponds, Grafton
Monday, July 4 Shelburne Farms, Shelburne
Thursday, July 7 Mountain Top Inn, Chittenden
Friday, July 8 Quechee Polo Grounds, Quechee
Saturday, July 9 Three Stallion Inn, Randolph
Sunday, July 10 Trapp Family Lodge Concert Meadow, Stowe
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Monday, May 9, 2011

Listen to Musically Speaking featuring Yo-Yo Ma

Listen to the April 30 Masterworks Series finale pre-concert talk. This installment of Musically Speaking features Walter Parker interviewing Jaime Laredo and Yo-Yo Ma. Click here to listen. Keep reading for the complete 2011/2012 Masterworks Series at the Flynn Center in Burlington. Subscribe to the series today and guarantee your seats.

October 29, 2011
Jaime Laredo, conductor
Vassily Primakov, piano

SAINT-SAENS Danse Macabre
RACHMANINOFF Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
BERLIOZ Symphonie fantastique

December 3, 2011
Anthony Princiotti, conductor
Katherine Winterstein, violin

BEETHOVEN Coriolan Overture
PROKOFIEV Violin Concerto No. 2
SCHUMANN Symphony No. 2

January 28, 2012
Robert De Cormier, conductor
Soloists TBA
VSO Chorus

FAURE Requiem
MOZART Requiem

March 10, 2012
Jaime Laredo, conductor
Jennifer Montone, horn

PROKOFIEV Classical Symphony
STRAUSS Horn Concerto No. 1
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 3, "Eroica"

April 28, 2012
Jaime Laredo, conductor
Alon Goldstein, piano

FALLA Nights in the Gardens of Spain
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