Young Vermonters will have the spontaneous opportunity to create music when the Vermont Symphony Orchestra hits the road with its biannual orchestral youth concert tour April 2-6. The SymphonyKids concert is a reprise of the popular program "CREATE!" which premiered in December of 2005 at the Flynn Center in Burlington. |
David Ludwig, the VSO's New Music Advisor, will again be the emcee. Young audiences in five magnet locations (see schedule below) will hear music from a wide range of composers, past and present, illustrating such topics as: Can music be recycled? What famous pieces were thought "too modern" at their premieres? Is silence ever music? Percussion soloist D. Thomas Toner will be featured in an excerpt from David Gunn's "A Tangoed Web," written for the VSO in 2002, and a woodwind quintet will perform Allie Homziak's award-winning "Amazon." Allie is a seventh-grader at Edmunds Middle School.
For a grand finale, David Ludwig has the audience vote on various musical components to help him create a new piece, with the orchestra then giving it its world premiere on the spot.
Joining Associate Conductor Anthony Princiotti and the VSO for this statewide tour is special guest Roland Clark, a fifth-grader from Johnson, who will play a fiddle variation from Peter Hamlin's "Green Mountain Variations." The composer, a faculty member at Middlebury College, wrote this world premiere commission for the VSO, and it was performed at nine "Made in Vermont" Music Festival concerts this past fall. Roland, who studies with VSO violinist Mary Gibson, of Stowe, will also be the soloist for Fritz Kreisler's virtuosic "Allegro."
Roland's interest in classical violin took off when he heard Jaime Laredo perform Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto with the VSO just two years ago. Highlights of Roland's violin career so far include being concertmaster this year of the Vermont Youth Sinfonia, and appearing at Higher Ground in Burlington last fall with the Yonder Mountain String Band. Roland has had additional performing experience working with Vermont fiddler Mark Sustic and his "Fiddleheads" ensemble. He has played the part of the fiddler (of course!) in a local production of Fiddler on the Roof.
"CREATE!" is part of the VSO's statewide SymphonyKids education program, which last season reached nearly 26,000 schoolchildren at 158 schools in 132 different communities. Over 5000 students attended the last orchestral youth concert tour in the spring of 2005.
For school students and home-schooled youngsters, "CREATE!" is an unforgettable opportunity to learn about music and music-making. The program cost per student is $4, and seats are still available at most performances.
For more information and reservations, please telephone Eleanor Long in the VSO office at 1-800-876-9293, ext. 14 or send an e-mail to Eleanor@vso.org.
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- Type : Show
- Age : Senior, Adult, Teen, Children
- Gender : Boys/Men, Girls/Women
- In : Indoor
- Members : Public Welcome
- Event : Performance
- Music : Classical
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