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Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Laredo, conductor

Symphony No. 41 in C, K. 551  Jupiter
Bloch: Concerto Grosso No. 1

Listen Wednesday December 7 at 8 p.m.

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'Tis the season for Handel's Messiah! Nearly 275 years after it was first performed, Messiah has become a holiday season staple. Check out our list of performances and sing-alongs planned for the next few weeks and share with us any we might have missed.

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The Student Composer Showcase for December is Izzy Serebrov.

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June 28, 1914, the Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary, was assassinated by Gavrilo Princip, a Yugoslav nationalist. This incident quickly escalated into one of the bloodiest conflicts in human history. The Great War, or World War I, saw the rise of revolutions and the death of 9 million soldiers and 7 million civilians. The philosophy, technology and geography of the world were forever altered. The world of music was also affected as composers served in battle and sought to express their patriotism and also the true human cost of the conflict.

We present a recital by soprano Anna Netrebko and tenor Marcelo Álvarez, who star in Saturday's Metropolitan Opera broadcast of Puccini's Manon Lescaut.

Listen Saturday, December 3 at 12 noon.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Kodaly: Dances of Galanta  (Kate Tamarkin, conductor)
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 2 in C minor Little Russian  (Anthony Princiotti, conductor)
Mozart: Abduction from the Seraglio Overture  (Sarah Hicks, conductor)

Listen Wednesday November 30 at 8 p.m.

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In music, there have been defining moments that change the world. A single piece, even a single performance, sends shock waves through the entire art form and suddenly things are never the same. The 1913 premiere of Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring was one such moment.


Nov 22, 2016

Giving thanks this holiday weekend for the collaboration between W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan, we hear excerpts from Iolanthe, possibly the best of them all.

Listen Saturday, November 26 at 12 noon.

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Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Brahms: Academic Festival Overture  (Raymond Leppard, conductor)
Berlioz: Harold in Italy  (Michael Tree, viola; Jaime Laredo, conductor)

Listen Wednesday November 23 at 8 p.m.

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No other composer in recent history was able to adapt to the changing styles of his time like Igor Stravinsky. He was a composer of international acclaim with ties to Russia, Switzerland, Germany, France and even Hollywood. During his long life he saw war, revolution and dynamic shifts in artistic expression. Nevertheless, he was always in touch with his own compositional voice. His music of any style or genre sounds like Stravinsky.

Mozart's short opera Bastien und Bastienne was written when he was only 12 years old.

Listen Saturday, November 19 at 12 noon.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Mendelssohn: Hebrides Overture  (Jaime Laredo, conductor)
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5  (Anthony Princiotti, conductor)

Listen Wednesday November 16 at 8 p.m.

Timeline: Bela Bartok

Nov 14, 2016
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Bela Bartok was a composer, pianist and musicologist. He was so devoted to his studies and artistic pursuits that he stated, “If I would cross myself I would say ‘in the name of Nature, Art and Science.’” His compositions had both a nationalistic fervor and an adventurous spirit, pushing the boundaries of music in the 20th century.

The Indian Queen

Nov 9, 2016

We hear music from Henry Purcell's "semi-opera", The Indian Queen, with additional music by his brother, Daniel.

Listen Saturday, November 12 at 12 noon.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Anthony Princiotti, conductor

Dvorak: Serenade for Winds in D minor, Op. 44
Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings in C, Op. 48

Listen Wednesday November 9 at 8 p.m.

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Charles Ives was an organist, a baseball player, an insurance salesman and a part-time composer. He was ahead of his time, and his compositions inspired a growing modernist movement in American music during the 20th century.

Hans Sachs

Nov 2, 2016

We celebrate the November 5, 1494 Birthday of the cobbler-poet Hans Sachs, whom Wagner immortalized in his opera Die Meistersinger. Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau portrays Sachs in excerpts.

Listen Saturday, November 5 at 12 noon.


Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Laredo, violin and conductor

Pierre Jalbert: Autumn Rhapsody
Vivaldi: The Four Seasons

Listen Wednesday November 2 at 8 p.m.

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Throughout music history there have been schools of thought and practice. These schools were collections of composers around an institution or geographic location that worked together in the pursuit of new musical expression. 


Oct 27, 2016

We hear the operatic preludes that set the scene for Act I of Pagliacci, Peter Grimes, and Götterdämmerung.

Listen Saturday, October 29 at 12 noon.