The Vermont Symphony Orchestra brings its popular three-concert "Sunday Matinee Series" to southwestern Vermont again this season, with special performances at the Paramount Theatre in Rutland. The Sunday concerts include "All I Want for Christmas..." on December 13 at 3 p.m., "My Concert with Andr " on January 31 at 4 p.m., and "Simple Gifts" on March 21 at 4 p.m.
The season begins with an exuberant VSO Holiday Pops concert on December 13, celebrating the season with the VSO Chorus. This popular annual event features holiday favorites-the Nutcracker, Silver Bells, Greensleeves, Sleigh Ride-plus a medley of Christmas movie music (from Miracle on 34th Street to the Polar Express). Musical stocking stuffers include the popular VSO sing-along, a student composition based on six tiny stories, and some lighthearted observations about the season from VSO musicians.
In January, it's a coup and an honor for the VSO to present luminary pianist Andr Watts in a performance of Beethoven's last piano concerto, Piano Concerto No.5, "Emperor."
Additional program highlights include the world premiere of Chamber Symphony No.1, "The Book of Hours" composed by the VSO's own David Ludwig, recently appointed New Music Advisor, and Mendelssohn's familiar ode to the Scottish isles, The Hebrides (Fingal's Cave). The concert is sponsored by Theodore and Patricia Mandeville.
Back by popular demand in March, guest conductor Sarah Hicks leads the orchestra as music director Jamie Laredo and wife Sharon Robinson share their artistry in Richard Danielpour's moving tribute to the healing power of music in A Child's Reliquary.
The January and March concerts are preceded by Musically Speaking, pre-concert discussions with guest artists providing insights into the program, the composers, and themselves.
The discussions begin one hour before the stated concert time. Series subscribers also receive a New England Orchestra Consortium subscriber savings card enabling them to enjoy discounts on tickets purchased for concerts presented by 15 orchestras across New England.
Concerts by the Vermont Symphony Orchestra are made possible in part by the State of Vermont and by individuals, businesses and foundations throughout Vermont. Vermont Public Radio is the co-sponsor for the 2008/2009 season. The Rutland Herald is the co-sponsor of the 2008/2009 "Sunday Matinee Series," and WJJR-FM and WSYB-AM are the media co-sponsors.
Additional support is provided by the Lintilhac Foundation.
Series tickets range from $24 for students to $77 for premier seating, available only through the VSO office. Single concert tickets range from $9 for students to $29, available in person and online from the Paramount Theatre Box Office at 775-0903, or www.ParamountTickets.org.