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Vermont Symphony Orchestra Returns to Middlebury College with Music and More Made in Vermont

September 30, 2018

Vermont Symphony Orchestra Returns to Middlebury College with Music and More Made in Vermont

Middlebury, VT—In a colorful musical celebration of autumn, the Vermont Symphony Orchestra (VSO) returns to Middlebury College on Saturday, October 6 for the penultimate performance of their annual Made in Vermont Statewide Tour. Following another successful year of collaboration with the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival, the 2018 tour features the world premiere VSO commissioned piece How We See Water by Vermont composer and Middlebury alumnus Matthew LaRocca ’02, accompanying the new film of the same name by Robin Starbuck.

Internationally renowned violinist Soovin Kim conducts the ensemble and opens the concert with his performance of Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 1. The program also includes Haydn’s Symphony No. 60, “Il Distratto” and Brahms’ Hungarian Dance No. 1.


About the Artists:

After graduating from Middlebury College in 2002, Matt LaRocca earned a doctorate in music composition from Boston University. He is on the composition and theory faculty at the University of Vermont and is the Artistic Director of the Champlain Philharmonic Orchestra. LaRocca is a composer, performer, educator, and curator of the VSO’s Jukebox Concert Series.

Robin Starbuck is a New York-based experimental filmmaker and animator, and a tenured professor of film at Sarah Lawrence College. She received the Vermont Symphony Orchestra Award for Best Integration of Music into Film at the 2017 Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival, garnering her the opportunity to be paired with LaRocca for this new project.

Violinist and conductor Soovin Kim has garnered international recognition, including first prize at the Niccolò Paganini International Competition, the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award, an Avery Fisher Career Grant, and the Henryk Szeryng Foundation Career Award. He well-known to Vermont audiences, growing up in nearby Plattsburg, New York, spending five years playing in the Vermont Youth Orchestra, and founding the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival.


Performance Details

The VSO’s Made in Vermont concert will take place on Saturday, October 6, 2018 at 7:30 PM 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



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