Longtime Middlebury favorite, Dieuwke Davydov, will join the Champlain Philharmonic as soloist on the Saint Saëns Cello Concerto No. 1 for their season opener. Davydov is well known to Champlain Valley audiences through her many performances with Diana Fanning as the Davydov-Fanning Duo. She also serves on the Middlebury College faculty and is long-time member of the Vermont Symphony.
Davydov recently returned from a European tour with Fanning as is excited about shifting gears into challenges that the Saint Saëns offers. “Performing as a soloist with the orchestra is such a different world than my chamber music work. It challenges me in the best of ways, and of course the Saint Saëns is one of the most beautiful concertos in the repertoire, so I am delighted to be performing this work with the Champlain Philharmonic.”
The second half of the program will feature the most popular work in the classical canon, Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. “This is timeless music that never fails to push me around, no matter how many times I hear it,” said Paul Gambill, the Phil’s music director and conductor for this program. Gambill is entering his third season at the helm of the community orchestra.
Now in it’s eighth season, the Champlain Philharmonic performs two programs annually and is comprised of amateur and semi-professionals from throughout the Champlain Valley. Musicians travel from as far away as St. Albans and Whitehall, NY, to perform with the orchestra. For information on how to join the orchestra, contact Operations Manger Dan Liptak through their web site at ChamplainPhilharmonic.org.
Concerts are Saturday, Oct. 8, at 7:30 p.m., at the Vergennes Opera House, and 4:30 p.m., at the Town Hall Theater, Middlebury. Tickets are available through the venues’ box offices or at the door, and are $12 for adults, $10 for students and seniors.