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Vermont Symphony at Lyndon, Sept 29

Vermont Symphony at Lyndon, Sept 29

September 9, 2011

VT SYMPHONY AT LYNDON, SEPT 29. The Vermont Symphony Orchestra’s annual Made in Vermont Music Festival foliage tour presents a colorful program to complement the turning leaves.

The program starts off with one of Mozart’s most humorous pieces, Serenata Notturno, in which the timpanist gets equal billing with a solo string quartet. Tuneful and charming, this lighthearted work was written for the city of Salzburg’s New Year’s celebration in 1776. Next we take a fond look backward at summer with Honegger’s lovely Pastorale d’été, a short, serene symphonic poem. A salute to autumn follows naturally, in a world premiere commission by award-winning composer Robert Paterson.

The second half begins with one of Sibelius’ signature pieces, Valse Triste. Originally part of the incidental music for a play called Kuolema, it was an instant hit with the public and took on a life of its own. Beloved of filmmakers, Valse Triste portrays an unearthly waltz by spectral couples. Our finale is Haydn’s Symphony No. 53, aptly nicknamed L’Imperiale.


MOZART: Serenata Notturno

HONEGGER: Pastorale d’été

ROBERT PATERSON: Dark Mountains (premiere)

SIBELIUS: Valse Triste

HAYDN: Symphony No. 53, L’imperiale

The September 29 performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $26 adults, $22 seniors, $13 students, $13 Lyndon/VSC faculty & staff, $6 Lyndon/VSC students. Available at or at Linda Wacholder’s office in the Advising Resource Center at Lyndon State College.

The VSO performance is part of Lyndon’s Centennial -Celebration Series. Sponsored by the LSC Lecture and Arts Fund, Hayes Ford, and the Harriett M. Sherman Lecture Fund. Media sponsor: Vermont Broadcast Associates