Almost into September! Really hard to believe...but the reality is there in the calendar and on the just-starting-to-turn leaves, and it's really hard to refute. However when we take the time to take a second look, there is a plethora of events about to occur as part of 2007-2008 season events, here and in Montreal, that will assuage our sadness at the departure of summer.
I am going to tease you just a little bit this week much in the manner of showing a box of beautiful chocolate truffles to you and then telling you theyre for later on with some bonbons that are going to come up in the next several weeks at various points within our communities. Some of them are related to the seasonal changing of the leaves, which brings so many leaf-peepers to Vermont; some of them are merely the first instances of events sponsored by such groups as the UVM Lane Series and the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts. All of them are of interest.
For example the Vermont Symphony Orchestra will be performing their Made in Vermont Music Festival which begins on Sept. 27 , 7:30 p.m., at the Vergennes Opera House, when the orchestra, under conductor Anthony Princiotti, will conduct music by Hugo Wolf, Dvorak, Tchaikovsky, and present the world premiere performance of a commissioned work by Sarah Doncaster, a Vermont composer who lives in the Northeast Kingdom, and who has done tremendous work in presenting contemporary music to Vermont. The VSO has a very ambitious concert season this year.
The Vermont Youth Orchestra, under the artistic direction of Troy Peters, will present their first concert of the season at the Flynn Center on Sunday, Sept. 23, 3 p.m. The theme for the concert is "In Nature's Realm," and will feature music by Dvorak, Copland, Richard Strauss, Wagner and others. This will be the first of three concerts during their 2007-2008 series.
Montreal will be the scene of several September performances or festivals. On the performance side, L'Op鲡 de Montreal will be presenting Giuseppe Verdi's "A Masked Ball." Performances for this exciting opera will open on Sept. 22, 8 p.m., in Place des Arts. The great Canadian tenor Richard Marginson will sing the role of Riccardo in this production. The night before, Sept. 21, Orgue et Couleurs will open its Ninth Fall Festival of music for organ in company with voices, instruments and orchestra. This splendid festival is celebrated in a number of churches around Montreal through Sunday, Sept. 30, and includes both ticketed and free concerts. This year's theme is "The King At Play!" and promises music from the Baroque era up to contemporary music. There is also an open house that will permit you to visit 30 chur- ches to see, and perhaps to hear, their organs.
Also opening here in October will be the UVM Department of Theatres first production of its new season: Donald Margulies's "Found a Peanut." The production opens Sept. 26 and runs through Oct. 7.
Turning to the Lane series, it opens on Sept. 28 with a performance by Old School Freight Train, a bluegrass, newgrass group, and follows that terrific beginning of the season with jazz pianist Fred Hersch on Oct. 5. Each performance will begin at 7:30 p.m.
The Flynn Center opens its scheduled season with the MainStage appearance by the singing group Sweet Honey in the Rock, and follows it out on Oct. 4 with a performance by Ballet Folklorico de Mexico and on Oct. 5, the Weston Play House Theater Companys fall touring production of Master Harold... and the Boys." Even all that does not include the full spectrum of events that are regularly added in FlynnSpace as the year progresses.
Other important openings include the Vermont Contemporary Music Ensembles 20th anniversary season opening concerts on Oct. 12 and 13. The emphasis will be, as usual, on contemporary music, and the concert will feature Viente, the VCME's new woodwind trio.
So while you sit for a moment to regroup after having put the boat up for the winter, and put away the bathing suits and bug repellent, don't forget to give a thought not only to these earliest concerts, but also to the entire seasons of each of these presenters and/or organizations. You will be glad that you did, because we are blessed in this area with such lovely native talent, as well as with people who work so hard to bring outstanding world groups to us here in our little corner, Burlington, VT.