BURLINGTON -- The Vermont Symphony Orchestra is holding its annual "Made in Vermont Music Festival," beginning on Thursday, September 27 and continuing until Sunday, October 7. The VSO is presenting a musical harvest that spans across Vermont towns and through the state in a superb celebration of all things autumn.
On the program this year are a quartet of serenades, including two pieces by Dvorak and Tchaikovsky and a world premiere by Irasburg composer Sara Doncaster entitled, "Rush Patrick's Vision." The show also features a special adaptation of Hugo Wolf's lighthearted Italian Serenade by Anthony Princiotti, who is also conducting this year's extravaganza. Also, don't miss Warebrook Contemporary Music Festival Director's new work, composed specifically for this year's festival.
Nine locations are on this year's schedule, with performances already wrapped up at the Vergennes Opera House, Johnson State College, Lyndon State College, and the Haskell Opera House. However, there are still five more concerts through this Sunday, including show at the following locations: the Southern Vermont Arts Center, Arkell Pavillion, Manchester, 7:30 p.m.; Castleton State College Fine Arts Center, Castleton, 7:30 p.m.; Middlebury College Center for the Arts, Middlebury, 8 p.m.; Chandler Music Hall, Randolph, 7:30 p.m.; and finally a single stop in New Hampshire at the Lebanon Opera House, Lebanon, at 7:30 p.m.
Vermont State Colleges and Chittenden Bank are providing support for the tour.
Tickets for the shows cost $22 for adults, $18 for seniors older than 65, $12 for Vermont State College faculty and staff, $12 for students and children under 18, and $6 for Vermont Stage Company students. For ticket purchasing information, contact the Flynn Regional Box Office at 802-86-FLYNN. For more information, visit the Vermont Symphony Orchestra's web page at www.vso.org .
If you can't make it to the "Made in Vermont Music Festival," here are some other musical happenings taking place this fall.
The Vermont Fiddle Orchestra is holding its Fall Foliage Concert on October 6, starting at 7 p.m. at the Unitarian Church of Montpelier. Tickets for adults cost $6 and children under the age of 16 get in free. Purchase tickets by phone by calling 877-343-3531.
Classical guitarist Jack Sanders will be playing a Sunday afternoon Concert on October 28 at the South Burlington Community Library, beginning at 2 p.m. The concert will be free. For more information please contact the South Burlington Community Library at 802-652-7076.
On November 1, the Memorial Auditorium in Burlington will play host to a West African Dance and Drum Festival featuring music and dance from Mali, Senegal and Guinea. The festival starts on Thursday, November 1 and concludes on Saturday, November 3 with a dance party at Nectars nightclub.
The festival, in addition to featuring concerts, also includes various workshops for those wishing to learn West African dance traditions. For more information call 859-1802.