Vermont Business Magazine As summer turns to fall, the Vermont Symphony Orchestra will cover the state from top to bottom for its Made in Vermont Statewide Tour. On Wednesday, September 20 at 7 pm the orchestra will arrive in Randolph for the first day of the tour. Tickets are available at the Chandler Center for the Arts and the VSO website: www.vso.org. “Performing in town halls is part of the VSO’s DNA. From the very beginning, when we started touring the state in 1934, we have been performing in Vermont’s public spaces and we are proud to continue this tradition with the first stop in Randolph.”
The Made in Vermont Statewide Tour will be a unique experience for even the most seasoned classical music concert goers and a delight for newcomers. First, renowned violin soloist Pamela Frank, a long-standing friend and colleague of VSO Music Director Jaime Laredo, will perform Mozart’s famous Sinfonia Concertante, a richly inventive double concerto for violin and viola. Laredo will perform the piece on viola from the podium while also leading the VSO.
The second remarkable aspect of the statewide tour is VSO’s tradition of premiering a commissioned piece by a Vermont composer—this year, Paul Dedell’s Breath. This commission is a pioneering new venture between the VSO and the Middlebury New Filmmakers’ Festival. The commission represents the VSO Award for Best Integration of Music into Film given to filmmaker Jesse Kreitzer. “This commission and premiere are a year in the making as well as a work in progress,” explains Ben Cadwallader, the VSO's executive director. “This is an innovative partnership is new to us as well our realm as few public orchestras award filmmakers an original score. We are thrilled to reveal the process by which composers, filmmakers, and orchestras work together to enhance the visual elements of film with music. What makes this partnership even sweeter is having so many Vermonters involved too.”
From their beginning, the VSO has toured the Green Mountains, unlike many orchestras that are based in concert halls. “Tours are at the heart of what makes us the VERMONT Symphony Orchestra,” says Cadwallader. ““This tour is the perfect representation of us living our mission as we employ Vermont musicians, composers, and filmmakers to create new art and share it widely with communities throughout the state.”
The full program and tour dates are available on the VSO website: www.vso.org/events.
About the Vermont Symphony Orchestra
The Vermont Symphony Orchestra is the only professional statewide orchestra providing live musical experiences for listeners in Vermont. It is a state-supported non-profit institution founded in 1934 and exists for the purpose of fostering and encouraging the appreciation of music in all its various forms, with emphasis on orchestral, choral, and chamber music.