VSO receives NEA Art Works grant to support 2012 Made In Vermont Music Festival
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Rocco Landesman announced today that the Vermont Symphony Orchestra is one of 788 not-for-profit national, regional, state and local organizations to receive an NEA Art Works grant. The VSO is recommended for a $12,500 grant to support the 2012 Made in Vermont Music Festival tour including a commissioned work by Vermont composer David Feurzeig. The 788 Art Works grants total $24.81 million and support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts.
The VSO’s annual Made in Vermont Music Festival makes classical music accessible to audiences all across the state during the fall season. The tour will take place this year between September 27 and October 7 under the leadership of VSO Principal Guest Conductor Anthony Princiotti. As a major component of the tour, the VSO will commission a work by David Feurzeig, who will conduct student workshops and participate in local public programs. Feugzeig is an award-winning Vermont composer whose music often features surprising juxtapositions of style and genre, particularly in jazz and classical music. He is a graduate of Cornell and Harvard University, and currently serves on the faculty of the University of Vermont.
NEA Chairman Landesman said, “The arts should be a part of everyday life. Whether it’s seeing a performance, visiting a gallery, participating in an art class, or simply taking a walk around aneighborhood enhanced by public art, these grants are ensuring that across the nation, the public is able to experience how art works.”
“The Made in Vermont tour is the core of what the VSO is all about,” says VSO Executive Director Alan Jordan. “The orchestra brings music to our villages and towns, to all corners of the state. We are especially proud to have the continued support of the NEA in this important endeavor.”
The NEA received 1,624 eligible applications under the Art Works category for this round of funding, requesting more than $78 million in funding. For a complete listing of projectsrecommended for Art Works grant support, please visit the NEA website at arts.gov.