BRATTLEBORO >> For Windham Orchestra's first concert of 2016 the Brattleboro Music Center announces: STARS. In this concert are highlighted the Windham Orchestra's fabulous wind soloists, each one locally cultivated and admired and nationally accomplished. Last season Jessica Murrow opened the door with Strauss' Oboe Concerto, an artistic triumph. This season there are seven wind soloists, all women, to join us in works from 1849 to 1949.
Copland's Clarinet Concerto is played by revered clarinetist and former area resident, Karen Bressett. Karen's artistry and accomplishments are honored as she plays this work written for jazz legend Benny Goodman. With moods moving from serene to virtuosic and charmingly jazzy.
Few ensembles take on Schumann's Concert-Piece for Four Horns and Orchestra, as it is hair-raisingly difficult. Karen Horton, Chris Mortensen, Hilary Ledebuhr and Fleur Barnes-Rowell are a solo quartet of French Horns, who are simply extraordinary.
Short works by Romantic composers Reinecke and Elgar played by flutist Kimi Hasegawa and bassoonist Diane Lipartito round out a richly varied evening. The moods are lyrical, conversational, sad and humorous.
To complete the program, the Windham Orchestra will play Mendelssohn's Fingal's Cave, one of the great seascapes and fantasy narratives in music.
The concerts will be on Friday, Jan. 15 at Vermont Academy, 10 Long Walk, Saxtons River at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 17 at the Latchis Theatre, 50 Main St., Brattleboro at 3 p.m.
The Orchestra invites the audience to name their ticket price, choosing from $5 to $50 for admission. To purchase tickets go online at bmcvt.org. or call the BMC at 802-257-4523.
For more information about the Orchestra visit windhamorchestra.org.
STARS has been selected by the Vermont Arts Council as a featured event for the Vermont Arts 2016.