Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Burlington Does Broadway – The Flynn

Ring in the New Year on December 31, 2021, with Burlington Does Broadway, a special collaboration between Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Theatre Company, and The Flynn. Join us for a one-night-only performance of song and dance dedicated to the bright lights of Broadway, featuring beloved classics and contemporary hits to celebrate our triumphant and beloved New Year’s return to the Flynn Main Stage.

Join New York-based, Vermont born-and-bred actor Kerstin Anderson as our evening’s host, and guest conductor Benjamin Klemme leading the VSO  with memorable songs from the Wizard of Oz, Rent, Kiss Me Kate, Gypsy, Les Miserables and more.

Burlington Does Broadway is created by artistic director Doris O’Brien, music director Howie Kalfus, and choreographers Sue Bailey and Margaret Welch.


For venue accessibility information, please call the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts at (802) 863-5966.

The Flynn requires proof of full vaccination, or a negative COVID-19 test, and a photo ID from all ticket holders ages 13 and older. You need to present your vaccination card (the physical card or a photo) or proof of a negative test (within 72 hours) at the door. The Flynn also requires that all attendees wear a mask while inside the venue. Children who are ineligible to be vaccinated will be allowed to enter and need to wear a mask. The Flynn is requiring all staff, crew, and volunteers to be vaccinated. These policies are being instituted so that we can open our theater at full capacity and ensure the safety of everyone in the Flynn family, including our patrons and artists. For more information, click here: Flynn Center – Policies (


Recognized for inspiring musicians and audience members alike through performances with a distinct synthesis of artistic excellence and community engagement, conductor Benjamin Klemme is a member of the Department of Music faculty at Gordon College, where he leads the Gordon Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Band, and teaches courses in conducting and artistic collaboration. Previously Klemme has served the Quad City Symphony Orchestra as Associate Conductor, as well as the Cleveland Pops and National Repertory Orchestras as Assistant Conductor, and has appeared as guest conductor with the Minnesota Orchestra, Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Pops Orchestra, National Repertory Orchestra, and Burlington Chamber Orchestra.

Klemme’s passion for and commitment to music education are displayed through his work both on and off the podium. As Director of Education and Community Engagement at the Quad City Symphony Orchestra, he connected area community members with opportunities to hear, perform, and engage with orchestral music in traditional and innovative contexts. In New Mexico, he helped bring classical music to life as Artistic Advisor and Outreach Concert Host for the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival’s “Music In Our Schools” program. In Ohio he co-founded the Scordatura Chamber Orchestra, an ensemble designed to support classroom learning objectives. He has also led nationally recognized youth orchestra programs in the Southwest, Midwest, and New England.

Klemme earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting from the University of Minnesota. He has a Master’s degree in conducting from the Cleveland Institute of Music and a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Northern Iowa.