GIFTS OF NATURE
This summer the VSO celebrates the gifts of nature through music with Guest Conductor Sarah Hicks. Experience musically-depicted majestic rivers, verdant fields, gardens in bloom, and the clear night sky, along with an extraterrestrial visitor reminding us to keep our sense of wonder at the bounty that surrounds us! Enjoy pyrotechnics not just during the concert finale, but also courtesy of naturally-gifted 22-year-old violin virtuoso Rubén Rengel, fresh from his recent 1st place award at the prestigious Sphinx Competition.
STRAUSS – Voices of Spring
SMETANA – The Moldau from Má Vlast
HANDEL, arr. Harty – Water Music (excerpt)
KREISLER – Gitana and Liebesfreud
DEBUSSY – Clair de Lune
TCHAIKOVSKY – Valse-Scherzo
JOHN WILLIAMS – ET: Adventures on Earth
GRAINGER, arr. Perna – Country Gardens
SAINT-SAËNS – Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso
Arr. HOLCOMBE – Singing in the Rain
STRAUSS – Thunder and Lightning Polka
TCHAIKOVSKY – 1812 Overture (excerpt)
SOUSA – Washington Post March
SOUSA – Stars & Stripes Forever
Join us for fireworks at the end of the show!
Gates open at 5:30 pm for picnicking
Concert begins at 7:30 pm
While smoking and animals (except assistance and service animals) are not allowed at any VSO show, we encourage you to bring a picnic blanket, folding chairs, and to dance the night away under the stars. Flashlights are also suggested to help you find your way to your car after the sun has set.
For venue accessibility information, please contact Grafton Ponds at (802) 843-2400.
Noted in the New York Times as part of “a new wave of female conductors in their late 20’s through early 40’s”, Sarah Hicks’s versatile and vibrant musicianship has secured her place in “the next generation of up-and-coming American conductors”. In October of 2009 she was named Principal Conductor, Live at Orchestra Hall of the Minnesota Orchestra; in addition to conducting most Pops and Special Presentations, she has been instrumental in creating new Pops productions while also heading the innovative classical series, “Inside the Classics”. Hicks concurrently holds the positions of Staff Conductor of the Curtis Institute of Music. Throughout her career she has collaborated with diverse artists, from Jamie Laredo and Hilary Hahn to Josh Groban and Smokey Robinson; during the summer of 2011 she was on a two-month tour with Sting as conductor of the final leg of his Symphonicities Tour. In June of 2012 she conducted the opening concert of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, and program featuring Dmitri Hvrostovsky, Sumi Jo and Jackie Evancho.
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Venezuelan violinist Rubén Rengel, 22, was the Winner of the 2018 Annual Sphinx Competition. He is currently pursuing his Master’s degree at the Shepherd School of Music, at Rice University, under the remarkable guidance of Paul Kantor. He earned his Bachelor’s degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music as a student of world-renowned violinist Jaime Laredo. Rubén’s early education was centered at the Emil Friedman Conservatory and School in Caracas, where he studied with Maestro Iván Pérez Núñez for eleven years. Rubén was the winner of the CIM Concerto Competition in 2014, recipient of the Anna Y. Tringas Award for excellence in violin performance at CIM in 2013, and was the winner of the Juan Bautista Plaza National Violin Competition of Venezuela in 2011.
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