BELLOWS FALLS -- The Vermont Symphony Orchestra swings its annual Made in Vermont Music Festival back to the area for a concert at the Bellows Falls Opera House on Friday at 7:30 p.m., at the Bellows Falls Opera House.
The 18th annual VSO tour offers brilliant music to go along with Vermont’s brilliant foliage season. The program includes Michael Haydn’s Symphony No. 25 in G Major; a darkly appealing piece for string orchestra by Dmitri Shostakovich; Schubert’s richly melodic Symphony No. 5; and a world premiere by University of Vermont composer David Feurzeig. Anthony Princiotti conducts.
In keeping with the VSO tradition of commissioning a new piece every year, the program features "High Water" by David Feurzeig of Williston. "High Water" is a three-part impression of Tropical Storm Irene. It begins with "Rain," with gentle falling figures representing the storm’s deceptively mild onset, soon overpowered by the inexorable rise and destruction of Vermont’s rivers. The central section, "Silt," the emotional heart of the piece, begins with brooding string chords suggesting the feeling of paralysis as people struggled to dig out. A haunting refrain from "Goodnight Irene" links to the final section, "Grit," and celebrates the communal resolve of Vermonters following Irene’s devastation.
Feurzeig joined the faculty of UVM in 2008. He is a pianist as well as composer, and specializes in
Tickets are $26 for adults, $22 for seniors, $13 for students and Vermont State College faculty and staff and $6 for Vermont State College students.
Locally, tickets are available at Village Square Booksellers in Bellows Falls, Misty Valley Books in Chester and through brattleborotix.com.
For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the Flynn Regional Box Office at 802-863-5966 or visit www.flynntix.org. Tickets will also be available at local outlets. For details, visit www.vso.org or call 800-876-9293, ext. 10.