Vermont Business Magazine Music can provide exactly what we need at the precise moment we need it. During these turbulent times, musical performances offer welcome opportunities for connection, reflection, and respite. For the start of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra’s (VSO) 2020/2021 season, we present two new projects — made possible by Northfield Savings Bank’s VSO Innovation Fund and designed to meet you where you’re at, serve the present moment, and provide some brightness for the soul.
Music for Days Like This
Hosted by VSO New Music Advisor David Ludwig, “Music for Days Like This” interweaves the traditional with the unexpected, drawing a parallel to present day experiences through chamber ensemble performances. This streamable series, the brainchild of VSO Creative Projects Chair Matt LaRocca, is recorded at unique locations throughout the Champlain Valley, with some venues welcoming the VSO for the very first time. “Music for Days Like This” promotes the voices of those historically left out of the orchestral narrative, featuring new commissioned music from female composers, Black composers, and composers under the age of 20, intertwined with works from more traditionally performed composers.
○ This performance will feature a string quintet and pianist, with premiere works composed by Alex Wick of South Burlington High School and Arianelle Arroyo, a high school junior from NYC. The program will also include works by Franz Schubert and Ludwig van Beethoven, among others.
○ November 21, 2020, concert streamed at 7:30 p.m. Recorded at the Elley-Long Music Center in Colchester. Tickets required and on sale October 1, pay-what-you-can sliding scale options starting at $5.
○ Our December performance will feature four cellists and two percussionists, including premieres by Molly Joyce, whose work regards disability as a creative source; and Michael Chorney, a recent Tony winner from Vermont.
○ December 19, 2020, concert streamed at 7:30 p.m. Recorded at Willow Gate Farm in Charlotte, in a restored former-tack-shop-turned-barn. Tickets required and on sale October 1, pay-what-you-can sliding scale options starting at $5.
Jukebox: Streaming Live from ArtsRiot
This fall will see the return of a popular, established VSO offering, as Jukebox is back for its fifth season. Our string quartet will play varied programs of short-format pieces — this time seen and heard from the comfort of your living room.
Hosted by VSO Creative Projects Chair Matt LaRocca, our October Jukebox features a stacked show with works by composers including: Dame Ethel Smyth, Ludwig van Beethoven, J.S. Bach, Dmitri Shostakovich, Carlos Simon, Talking Heads, and Jordyn Davis. These pieces explore current events, from politics to pandemics. A second Jukebox concert will stream live in January, featuring an eclectic mix of styles and composers.
● Tune in live, October 17, 2020 and January 16, 2021, both at 7:30 p.m. Tickets required and on sale October 1, pay-what-you-can sliding scale options starting at $5. Each concert will be followed by a virtual after-party with Matt and the musicians.
We look forward to announcing continuously relevant and innovative programming as the season progresses and we adapt to meet ever-changing circumstances. These projects are part of a broader period of invention, change, and upward momentum here at the VSO. In addition to staying active and performing throughout the pandemic, we have welcomed a dynamic new executive director, Elise Brunelle, and have a fundraising campaign underway that could make the VSO eligible for a $100,000 grant to collaborate with Vermont’s immigrant communities. As part of our ongoing commitment to promoting music education, the VSO will also be offering online after-school programs in lieu of our usual school visits.
In its 86th year, the VERMONT SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (VSO) is the nation’s oldest state-assisted symphony orchestra. With a mission to cultivate diverse cultural communities, the VSO celebrates orchestra music as a unifier throughout Vermont and venues of all types. A proactive music education promoter, the VSO’s SymphonyKids programs offer extensive supplemental learning experiences to students across the state every year. The VSO is a unique shared resource in Vermont, belonging to all of the communities it serves.
Working with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra (VSO), Northfield Savings Bank has developed the “VSO Innovation Fund,” a sponsorship of select VSO programs that innovate within the space of musical performance. From specially commissioned works to cross-genre collaborations and unconventional venues throughout the state, their support aims to help sustain and connect Vermonters to a vibrant arts culture.
Source: STATEWIDE (September 28, 2020) — VSO