Cel­e­brate the Hol­i­days with the VSO

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The Ver­mont Sym­phony Or­ches­tra will present of three Hol­i­day Pops and five Brass Quintet and Coun­ter­point con­certs in De­cem­ber, bring­ing tid­ings of joy to com­mu­ni­ties around the state.

The VSO Cho­rus joins the Or­ches­tra to ring in the sea­son, with Robert De Cormier and Dawn Wil­lis con­duct­ing. The pro­gram in­cludes a Swedish carol, se­lec­tions from Mes­siah, pieces that high­light brass and per­cus­sion, a light­hearted new work by a teenage com­poser, two sleigh rides, a sin­ga­long, won­der­ful De Cormier ar­range­ments, and a salute to Woody Guthrie.

The teenage com­poser, Ja­cob Mor­ton-Black, is a se­nior at Colchester High School and takes mu­sic cour­ses at the Univer­sity of Ver­mont. He has won nu­mer­ous awards for his com­po­si­tions. In ad­di­tion to com­pos­ing, he plays the French horn, and per­forms with the Ver­mont Youth Or­ches­tra, the Univer­sity of Ver­mont Or­ches­tra and the Univer­sity of Ver­mont Wind Ensem­ble. Mor­ton-Black is also a mem­ber of the VYO Brass Quar­tet and co-founded the Colchester Community Concert Band. The VSO will pre­miere his com­po­si­tion “Danse Slav et Valse.”

Hol­i­day Pops per­for­mances are Fri­day, De­cem­ber 7th, 7:30 p.m. at the Barre Opera House; Satur­day, De­cem­ber 8th, 7:30 p.m. at the Flynn Cen­ter in Burling­ton and Sun­day, De­cem­ber 9th, 3 p.m. at the Para­mount The­atre in Rut­land (the first of the three-concert Sun­day Mati­nee Se­ries.)

The VSO Brass Quintet and Coun­ter­point con­certs com­bine bril­liant brass and shin­ing voices in in­ti­mate vil­lage set­tings. Coun­ter­point’s new di­rec­tor, Nathaniel G. Lew, has col­lab­o­rated with the VSO Brass Quintet to choose a fes­tive pro­gram that ranges from the me­dieval to the mod­ern and in­cludes Leroy An­der­son’s Christ­mas Fes­ti­val, the Cana­dian Brass’s bravura ar­range­ment of The Twelve Days of Christ­mas, Bizet’s March of the Kings, and—of course—some tra­di­tional carols.

VSO Brass Quintet and Coun­ter­point per­for­mances are Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 13th, 7:30 p.m., War­ren United Church, War­ren; Fri­day, De­cem­ber 14th, 7:30 p.m., Foeger Ball­room at Jay Peak Re­sort, Jay; Satur­day, De­cem­ber 15th, 5 p.m., The White Church, Grafton; Sun­day, De­cem­ber 16th, 4 p.m., First Con­gre­ga­tional Church, Manch­ester and Mon­day, De­cem­ber 17th, 7 p.m., Con­gre­ga­tional Church, Bran­don.

Again this year, hol­i­day au­di­ences may also en­joy VSO mu­sic at home, on CD. The “Christ­mas in Ver­mont,” CD fea­tur­ing the VSO Brass Quintet and Coun­ter­point, presents a cap­ti­vat­ing blend of rarely heard gems and sea­sonal fa­vorites. The VSO’s first com­mer­cial or­ches­tral CD, “Triple Dou­bles,” fea­tur­ing three dou­ble con­cer­tos writ­ten for vi­o­lin­ist Jaime Laredo and cel­list Sharon Robin­son, is also avail­able. Both record­ings will be sold at these con­certs, through the VSO of­fice, and on the VSO web­site.

Join the VSO for fes­tive cel­e­bra­tions you’ll re­mem­ber throughout the hol­i­day sea­son. For tick­ets or ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion, please call (800) VSO-9293, ext. 10, or visit www.vso.org

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