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|Title:||Windham Orchestra: Pathways of Imagination & Performance|
|When:||03.24.2013 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm|
|Location:||Latchis Theater, Brattleboro, VT|
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 9
The Orchestra will perform a medley of original compositions by local elementary and middle school students from our community.
LALO Symphonie Espangole
Violinist Anna Perkins, winner of the Windham Orchestra’s Concerto Competition for High-School Students will perform Symphonie Espangole by Edouard Lalo accompanied by the Orchestra.
SIBELIUS “Finlandia,” opus 26,
Tickets: $15, $10 students, seniors & AARP members
Call the Brattleboro Music Center at 802-257-4523
Or purchase on-line a www.brattleborotix.com
On Sunday, March 24 at 3 pm, the Windham Orchestra, under the direction of Hugh Keelan, continues its commitment to offering extraordinary opportunities for young artists and music lovers with “Pathways to Imagination & Performance” at the Latchis Theater in Brattleboro, VT.
Anchoring Sunday’s performance is Dmitri Shostakovich’s 1945 Symphony No. 9. Although originally intended to be a celebration of the Russian victory over Nazi Germany in World War II, a great “joie de vivre,” gaiety and brilliance mark this masterwork. Shostakovich wrote “...if [my] Seventh and Eighth symphonies bore a tragic-heroic character, then in the Ninth a transparent, pellucid, and bright mood predominates;” he would also describe it as “a joyful little piece.”
From masterwork to the local works of our community’s young composers, the Windham Orchestra performs a medley of original compositions by elementary and middle school students. This unique opportunity creates a pathway for bringing the artistry and imagination of young composers into reality.
Music teachers Andy Davis, Jim Kurty, Alli Lubin and Dan Seiden have been working with students from Dover, Green Street, Oak Grove, Putney Central and The Grammar School. Participating students include: Kindyl Alfonso, Colette Anton, Owen Bailey, Sophie Basescu, Andrew Brooks, Elijah Burdo, Wesley Capitani, Wesley, Seviah Cepeda, Clara Chambers, Gracie Childs, Pierce Clarke, Kylie Cleanthes, Julia Fillion, Andrew Foster, Miranda Fuller, Cassidy Gallivan, Henry Glajzer, Amelia Harrison, Aicher Hearon, Sam Kendrick, Sienna Lewis, Jamie Lumley, Jillian Mahon , Reed McKay, JonMichael, Kaitlyn North, Abraham Moore Odell, Michael Olson, Emma Paige, Grace Powers, Gus Powers, David Sherman, Alex Shriver, Nate Snell, Challie Vicary, and Garrett Weil.
Among the student compositions to be performed is “An Amalgamation in Four Flats,” by Putney Central School eighth graders Andrew Foster, Henry Glejzer and Nathan Snell. By matching key and tempo, the trio has combined their unique individual talents to create a joyous piece that sounds like the work of one composer.
“All composers create worlds of imagination and wonder that live in defiance of the day-to-day, and that is why everyone has an opportunity for inspiration as we play or listen to these young composers' works,” says Keelan. “ We can open our minds with unbounded delight to the works or fragments that the young composers are offering.”
The concert continues highlighting an outstanding young instrumentalist, violinist Anna Perkins. In February Anna was chosen the winner of the Windham Orchestra’s 2013 Concerto Competition for High School Students from an unusually strong field of contestants. Since it inception, 27 years ago, the annual concerto competition has been funded by Douglas Cox, violinmaker.
Anna will perform the first movement “Allegro non troppo” of the Symphonie Espangole by Edouard Lalo, accompanied by the Orchestra. This movement, brooding and heavy, is a Frenchman's musical portrayal of Spain. The solo violinist becomes an irresistible guide, maybe even with magical powers, conjuring shifting passions and an occasional mood of solace in defiance of the stubborn and hardheaded patterns of the orchestra's landscape.
Sixteen-year-old Anna Perkins began violin study at age six And for the last nine years she has been a student of Romina Kostare in Amherst, Massachusetts. She has played in her schools’ orchestras since third grade and is now co-concertmaster of Amherst Regional High School’s top orchestra. She also plays with the Springfield Youth Orchestra. She has participated in the ASTA String Camp at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Strings@Smith at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts , the Massachusetts Western Jr. District Orchestra; the Massachusetts Western Sr. District Orchestra; the Massachusetts All-State Orchestra; and at the State Academy of Music “A. Glazunov” in Petrozavodsk, Russia while on a school exchange. In the summer of 2012, she attended the Brevard Music Center and played in the Transylvania Symphony Orchestra. Anna also plays in the pit band for theater productions at Amherst Regional High School. When she’s not practicing, she enjoys reading, playing softball, and watching “Downton Abbey.”
Sunday’s performance concludes with Jean Sibelius’ “Finlandia,” opus 26, the musical accompaniment to a rousing patriotic Finnish poem, “The Melting of the Ice on the Ulea River” by Zachria Topelius.
Finland was already in a frenzy of assertiveness at the turn of the century, and the piece became a front for nationalist self-expression. However, the bottled-up fury and fervid feeling of “Finlandia” speak loud and clear: other countries and audiences than Finnish have been moved to tears and inspired to uprising by this music. This piece is a perfect complement to Shostakovich's symphony. In Sibelius, even under the burden of personal or national oppression the feelings are direct and powerful.
As Keelan explains, “All elements of this concert explore and amplify what it means to be human, to strive and perform, and we promise our audiences of any age an enjoyable and inspiring experience.”
A special abbreviated children’s performance of this concert will be performed on Thursday, March 21, for Windham County school students.
“Pathways to Imagination & Performance” will be performed on Sunday, March 24, 3 pm, at the Latchis Theater, 50 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT. For tickets ($15, $10 students, seniors, AARP members) call the Brattleboro Music Center at 802-257-4523 or purchase on-line at www.brattleborotix.com. For more information visit www.bmcvt.org or www.windhamorchestra.org.
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