Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Masterworks in Review

Jaime Laredo, VSO Music Director
"The Vermont Symphony Orchestra just keeps on getting better," says Jim Lowe, Rutland Herald Reporter.

We couldn't agree more!

The January Masterworks concert series featured a stunning performance of Elgar's Violin Concerto in b Minor, Opus 61, by violinist Elena Urioste. Lowe's review read: "Urioste, with a warm and personal sound she used expressively, managed the full range of emotions from fiery virtuosity to intimate tenderness, with flair and depth. It was not only exciting, her playing in the slow movement brought many to tears." She was led by conductor, Jaime Laredo, whom is no stranger to the piece, having performed it himself.

The concerts also featured Schubert's Symphony No. 8 in b minor ("Unfinished") which Lowe stated "VSO played with a new found nuance, along with its continuing joy of music making."

The fans in attendance seemed impressed as well. While seated amongst the audience, hushed conversation could be overheard commending the orchestra for taking on "new" and "fresh" composers' works, which included Allen Shawn's "Vermont Fanfare" and Gabriela Lena Frank's 2000 "Elegina Andina."

After such a successful run, we are excited to see what the March series brings!