The Vermont Sym­phony Orches­tra Masterworks Se­ries Sea­son

Stanstead Journal - - AROUND TOWN - Burling­ton, VT

Fea­tur­ing Jaime Laredo, con­duc­tor; Sharon Robin­son, cello; Ran­dall Scar­lata, bari­tone. The VSO of­fers a five-con­cert Satur­day Masterworks se­ries at the Flynn Center in Burling­ton, with ad­di­tional se­lect Sun­day Mati­nee per­for­mances in Rut­land (be­gin­ning at 3:00 pm). All Flynn con­certs be­gin at 8:00 pm and are pre­ceded at 7:00 pm by Mu­si­cally Speak­ing, a free pre-con­cert dis­cus­sion that pro­vides en­ter­tain­ing insight into the evening’s pro­gram.

On Oc­to­ber 26, we com­mem­o­rate two sesqui­cen­ten­ni­als in our sea­son opener: Richard Strauss’s birth (with a per­for­mance of his bril­liant tone poem, Death and Trans­fig­u­ra­tion); and the Civil War (with two works that pay ho­mage to that sem­i­nal pe­riod in Amer­i­can his­tory). Danielpour’s Come Up From The Fields, Fa­ther, is a set­ting of a Walt Whit­man poem; the solo cello por­trays a sol­dier’s be­reaved mother. Co­p­land’s Lin­coln Por­trait uses words and mu­sic to cre­ate a mov­ing trib­ute to the man who still in­spires Amer­i­cans to the twin goals of free­dom and democ­racy. We take ad­van­tage of our won­der­ful soloist, Sharon Robin­son, to per­form Sch­e­lomo, a free-form cello con­certo in one move­ment in which Bloch de­scribes the rich­ness and pomp of King Solomon.

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