Made in Vermont Music Festival
Features Jaime Laredo Vermont Symphony Orchestra’s beloved music director, world-renowned violinist Jaime Laredo, will be featured in the VSO’S 18th annual Made in Vermont Music Festival program this fall. A colorful program complements the turning leaves of autumn as the VSO presents eight concerts in villages and towns across Vermont between September 23 and October 3. In addition to Jaime Laredo, conductor and violin, other soloists are principal players Katherine Winterstein, violin; Russell Wilson, viola; and Luke Baker, bass.
The Festival program begins with one of Mozart’s most humorous pieces, Serenata Notturno, in which the timpanist gets equal billing with a solo string quartet. Tuneful and charming, this lighthearted work was written for the city of Salzburg’s New Year’s celebration in 1776. Next, the orchestra takes a fond look backward at summer with Honegger’s lovely
Pastorale d’été, a short, serene symphonic poem. A salute to autumn follows naturally, in a world premiere commission by award-winning composer Robert Paterson. Sibelius’
Valse Triste, a favorite of filmmakers, portrays an unearthly waltz by spectral couples. The performance concludes with Haydn’s Symphony No. 53, aptly nicknamed L’imperiale.
In keeping with the VSO tradition of commissioning a new piece every year, the Made in Vermont program features Dark Mountains, the new work by Robert Paterson. Paterson has been cited by the press as one of the major contenders in American music, writing “exuberant and rhythmically vital music marked by energy and a wonderful sense of color.” Since 2009 Paterson has served as the Music Alive composer-inresidence with the Vermont Youth Orchestra, sponsored by Meet The Composer and the League of American Orchestras. He was born in 1970 and raised in Buffalo, New York. Although his first love was percussion, he soon discovered a passion for composition, writing his first piece at age 13. Paterson has received degrees from Eastman School of Music (BM), Indiana University (MM), and Cornell University (DMA). He lives in New York City with his wife, Victoria, a violinist, and their son.
Of Dark Mountains, Paterson writes: “Vermont is famous for its green mountains, but I often find myself taking long drives through the mountains on overcast days or even at night, when the mountains lose color and become gray silhouettes. Many roads in Vermont are so dark, particularly in the Northeast Kingdom, that you need to use headlights, even during the day. Dark Mountains is meant to portray the beauty and grandeur of the moun- tains and the peacefulness of the open roads, but also the darkness and occasional treacherous passes one may encounter during the evening hours. The piece is in three connected sections. The first section portrays the calmness and austerity of a quiet evening. The second is inspired by a fast drive down winding country roads, with twists and turns, frequent tempo changes and shifting gears. The final section evokes the feeling of looking at the nighttime sky with moonlight shining through the trees and the sounds of nature in the distance.”
For additional information or to purchase tickets, please contact the Flynn Regional Box Office at 802-863-5966 or visit online at www.flynntix.org. For details, please visit the VSO website at www.vso.org or call 800876-9293, ext. 10.
Award-winning composer Robert Paterson’s work will be performed by the Orchestra.
Jaime Laredo, conductor and violin for the Vermont Symphony Orchestra.