BELLOWS FALLS -- Led by Music Director Jaime Laredo, the Vermont Symphony Orchestra will bring its Made in Vermont Music Festival to the very workplace of its most recent volunteer of the year.
The VSO will perform the music of Antonio Vivaldi, Johann Sebastian Bach and Wolfgang Mozart today at the Bellows Falls Opera House, just a couple of floors below the office of Rockingham Development Director Francis "Dutch" Walsh. A member of the Southeast Vermont Friends of the VSO for about a year, Walsh said he has helped get everything ready each time the orchestra comes to the village.
According to Fanfare, the VSO's newsletter, Walsh once found a new venue by traveling around the region to perform site visits staff members were unable to after the orchestra's Grafton summer concert rain site fell through less than two months before a scheduled concert.
Walsh said he has grown familiar with the opera house's stage as the current development director and a former interim municipal manager. He said he was given the award in Stowe on Thursday and was surprised to receive the honor.
"It was very nice. I didn't expect it," he said, adding that he grew up playing classical piano and regularly goes to VSO events in southern Vermont.
Today's event will begin at 7:30 p.m., though doors open at 7. Tickets -- which cost $27 for adults, $23 for senior citizens and $10 for students -- can be purchased at Village Square Booksellers in Bellows Falls, Misty Valley Books in Chester, brattleborotix.com, flynntix.org, by calling 802-86-FLYNN or at the door. It is general admission.
According to a press release, Laredo conducts and will also solo. The program also includes a commission by Andrew Massey called "Vermont Spring," the latest in VSO's accumulating arsenal of new music by Vermont composers.
It will also feature the Bach Double Concerto for Oboe & Violin (Nancy Dimock, oboe, Jaime Laredo, violin); Burrill Phillips' Concertpiece for Bassoon & Strings (Janet Polk, bassoon); Vivaldi's Tempesta di Mare for Flute, Oboe, Bassoon and Strings (Albert Brouwer, flute, Dimock, oboe, Polk, bassoon) and Mozart's Concerto No. 2 for Flute (Brouwer, flute).
Walsh said the VSO is now 80 years old and was the first state-supported symphony in the country.
For more information, visit www.vso.org or call 800-VSO-9293, ext. 10.
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