Thursday, September 18, 2014

From the Wings

From the Wings, by Eleanor Long

As we head into our fall tour, here’s a look back at our summer tour…by the numbers!

# of musicians: 52
# of concerts at which Tony Princiotti used scores: 0
# of minutes the fireworks lasted each night: 7.5
# of years since we played at Hunter Park in Manchester: 12
# of years that TD Bank has been our tour-wide sponsor: 12
# of musicians who shared July 3 birthday: 3 (Jane Kittredge made them a cake)
# of hours spent watching World Cup: countless
# of times the second half of the concert was delayed while we tried to locate low brass mutes: 1
# of musicians on the annual tour quiz winning team:  3 (bassoonists Janet Polk and Becky Eldredge plus
     Stewart Schuele, French horn, for added power )
# of violists who took turns wearing Carmen Miranda hat during Tico Tico: 5 (of 5!)
# of radios rented from Clark Communications: 10
# of portopotties that had to be relocated at Suicide Six:  10
# of earthmovers commandeered by Alan Jordan: 1 (at Hunter Park, the fireworks truck couldn’t get
   where it needed to go)
# of cans of bug spray used: 8
# of times we had to move inside because of rain: 1
# of times rain insurance saved our bacon: 1
#of rehearsals board chair Vicky Young had before conducting the orchestra: 1
# of host roomnights provided:  111 (we couldn’t do it without you, hosts!)
# of musician dinners that included salmon: 2
# of lemon lulus donated by Mother Myrick’s: 3
# of musicians who received a surprise wedding gift at the final concert: 1 (Principal bass Luke Baker got  married August 14; violist Harold Lieberman was the officiant!) 
# of times I have played or heard the 1812 Overture at a VSO summer concert: 233
# of orchestras in America better than the VSO, per Peter Welch: 0

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Vermont Symphony Orchestra Made in Vermont Music Festival 

Autumn in Vermont signals the return of glorious foliage and glorious music, as the VSO’s “Made in Vermont Music Festival” tours the state. The program includes a concerto by Dittersdorf for an under sung pair of solo instruments--viola and double bass—and Holst’s popular St. Paul’s Suite. Beth Wiemann, a Burlington native, will join us to introduce the world premiere she has written for the VSO, “Before the Snow.” The concert concludes with Haydn’s Symphony No. 85, nicknamed “La Reine” because its grace and power found favor with Queen Marie Antoinette.

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