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VSO Made in Vermont Tour Returns to Middlebury September 23

September 4, 2017

Concert Program is a Convergence of Classics and a New Composer

Middlebury, VT—As summer turns to fall, the Vermont Symphony Orchestra (VSO) will cover the state from top to bottom for its Made in Vermont Statewide Tour. On Saturday, September 23 at 7:30 PM, the orchestra will perform in Middlebury for the fourth day of the tour. The concert program will include Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante, Gluck’s “Dance of the Furies” from Orfeo, Britten’s Simple Symphony, and the new work Breath by Vermont composer Paul Dedell. VSO Executive Director notes, “We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Middlebury College. The Mahaney Center is an acoustically and visually stunning space and we look forward to performing there again.”

The Made in Vermont Statewide Tour will be a unique experience for even the most seasoned classical music concertgoers, and a delight for newcomers. First, renowned violin soloist Pamela Frank, a long-standing friend and colleague of VSO Music Director Jaime Laredo, will perform Mozart’s famous Sinfonia Concertante, a richly inventive double concerto for violin and viola. Laredo will perform the piece on viola from the podium while also leading the VSO.

The second remarkable aspect of the statewide tour is VSO’s tradition of premiering a commissioned piece by a Vermont composer—this year, Paul Dedell’s Breath. This commission is a pioneering new venture between the VSO and the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival, representing the VSO Award for Best Integration of Music into Film, given to filmmaker Jesse Kreitzer in 2016. “This commission and premiere are a year in the making, as well as a work in progress,” explains Cadwallader. “This is an innovative partnership is new to us as well, because few public orchestras give awards to filmmakers for an original score. We are thrilled to reveal the process by which composers, filmmakers, and orchestras work together to enhance the visual elements of film with music. What makes this partnership even sweeter is having so many Vermonters involved too.”


About the Vermont Symphony Orchestra

The Vermont Symphony Orchestra is the only professional statewide orchestra providing live musical experiences for listeners in Vermont. It is a state-supported non-profit institution founded in 1934 and exists for the purpose of fostering and encouraging the appreciation of music in all its various forms, with emphasis on orchestral, choral, and chamber music.

From its beginning, the VSO has toured the Green Mountains, unlike many orchestras that are based in concert halls. “Tours are at the heart of what makes us the VERMONT Symphony Orchestra,” says Cadwallader. “This tour is the perfect representation of us living our mission as we employ Vermont musicians, composers, and filmmakers to create new art and share it widely with communities throughout the state.”


The VSO Made in Vermont concert will take place on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 7:30 P.M. at the Kevin P. Mahaney ’84 Center for the Arts’ Robison Hall. The Mahaney Center is located on the campus of Middlebury College, at 72 Porter Field Road in Middlebury, just off Route 30 south/S. Main Street. Free parking is available curbside on Route 30 or in the Center for the Arts parking lot, in rows marked faculty/staff/visitors. General admission tickets are $25 for adults; $10 for students (children ages 6–17 and full-time college students with ID); free for children ages 5 and under. Tickets are available at the Middlebury College box office at 802-443-MIDD (6433) or, or via



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Violinist Pamela Frank, photo Nicolas Lieber

VSO Music Director Jaime Laredo, photo Christian Steiner

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