Made in Ver­mont Mu­sic Fes­ti­val

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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 at­n­ For de­tails, please visit the VSO web­site at or call 800876-9293, ext. 10.

Photo Daniel Dot­tavio

Award-winning com­poser Robert Pater­son’s work will be performed by the Or­ches­tra.

Photo courtesy

Jaime Laredo, con­duc­tor and vi­o­lin for the Ver­mont Sym­phony Or­ches­tra.

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