9 September 2011

Vermont Symphony at Lyndon, Sept 29

VT SYMPHONY AT LYNDON, SEPT 29. The Vermont Symphony Orchestra’s annual Made in Vermont Music Festival foliage tour presents a colorful program to complement the turning leaves.

 

The program starts off with one of Mozart’s most humorous pieces, Serenata Notturno, in which the timpanist gets equal billing with a solo string quartet. Tuneful and charming, this lighthearted work was written for the city of Salzburg’s New Year’s celebration in 1776. Next we take a fond look backward at summer with Honegger’s lovely Pastorale d’été, a short, serene symphonic poem. A salute to autumn follows naturally, in a world premiere commission by award-winning composer Robert Paterson.

 

The second half begins with one of Sibelius’ signature pieces, Valse Triste. Originally part of the incidental music for a play called Kuolema, it was an instant hit with the public and took on a life of its own. Beloved of filmmakers, Valse Triste portrays an unearthly waltz by spectral couples. Our finale is Haydn’s Symphony No. 53, aptly nicknamed L’Imperiale.

 

Program

MOZART: Serenata Notturno

HONEGGER: Pastorale d’été

ROBERT PATERSON: Dark Mountains (premiere)

SIBELIUS: Valse Triste

HAYDN: Symphony No. 53, L’imperiale

 

The September 29 performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $26 adults, $22 seniors, $13 students, $13 Lyndon/VSC faculty & staff, $6 Lyndon/VSC students. Available at CatamounTix.org or at Linda Wacholder’s office in the Advising Resource Center at Lyndon State College.

 

The VSO performance is part of Lyndon’s Centennial -Celebration Series. Sponsored by the LSC Lecture and Arts Fund, Hayes Ford, and the Harriett M. Sherman Lecture Fund. Media sponsor: Vermont Broadcast Associates

 

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