Vermont Symphony Orchestra

String Quartet: Music & Poetry

The Vermont Symphony Orchestra Quartet (Kathy Andrew and Jane Kittredge, violins; Ana Ruesink, viola; John Dunlop, cello) has over a decade of experience performing together in venues large and small across the Green Mountain State. Whether in an orchestral setting, opera pit, rock band, chamber hall or wedding tent, these four players bring their uniquely beautiful classical sound to any musical venture.

This afternoon’s performance will pair quartet music with works of poetry by Vermont poets from around the state, both past and present. Featuring poems by Robert Frost, Wyn Cooper, Chard deNiord, Julie Cadwallader-Staub and Madeleine Kunin among others, each poem is paired with a piece of music that serves to depict, illustrate and enhance the spoken word. Musical offerings will feature works by Mendelssohn, Glazunov, Piazzolla and Caroline Shaw.

Masks are currently optional, with requirements following the Town of Shelburne’s most up-to-date recommendations. Capacity is limited. Location: 5376 Shelburne Rd.


N. Sokolow/A. Glazunov: Polka, Le Vendredi

Poetry: “Almost Spring” by Madeleine Kunin 

Robert Fuchs: 20 Duos for Two Violinen Op. 55, II. Langsam

Poetry: ”Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening” by Robert Frost

Felix Mendelssohn: Four Pieces for String Quartet, Op. 81, IV. Fuga

Poetry: ”Joy” by Julie Cadwallader-Staub

William Grant Still: Little Folk Suite No. 3. IV, Aurore Pradere and Tant Sirop est Doux

Poetry: “This Morning” and “When I Get Depressed” by David Budbill 

John Bennet: Weep, O Mine Eyes

Poetry: “Song for a Spirit Walk”, traditional from the Wabanaki Collection

Danish String Quartet (Swedish trad.): Jasspodspolska

Poetry: “Mars Poetica” by Wyn Cooper 

Astor Piazzola: Oblivion

Poetry: “Tango” by David Currier 

Carlos Garcel: Por Una Cabeza

Poetry: “A Poem for Dumbarton Oaks” by Anna Priestly

Caroline Shaw: Plan & Elevation: IV. The Orangery, V. The Beech Tree

Poetry: “To Hear and Hear” by Chard deNiord

Eric Wright/The Fretless: Hidden View

Poetry: “Elderly Couples in Vermont” by Zoe Bernstein* 

Danish String Quartet: Bosse Nordins Scottish


*via Young Writers Project.

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