Vermont Symphony Orchestra

FARMERS’ NIGHT CONCERT – Vermont State House

The Vermont Symphony Orchestra’s David M. Wilson Memorial Farmers’ Night performance has been a treasured tradition for decades. Presented in the House Chambers of the State House in Montpelier on a winter Wednesday, the hour-long chamber orchestra concert is free and open to the public.  

On February 9, 2022, at 7:30 pm, guest conductor Yutaka Kono leads the VSO in a varied program that features works by Haydn and Rossini, as well as the world premiere of a piece written by Drew Frankenburg, a high school senior from West Rutland. The annual inclusion of a brand-new student composition reflects the VSO’s commitment to inspiring Vermont’s next generation of music lovers. 

Concert program

  • Gioachino Rossini:  Overture to The Silken Ladder
  • Francis Johnson, arr. Kono: Cotillions
  • Drew Frankenberg: World Premiere, title TBD
  • Lauren Bernofsky: Abenstern
  • Franz Josef Haydn: Symphony No. 8, “Le Soir”

This concert is generously supported by the David. M Wilson Memorial Fund.

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About Yutaka Kono

Dr. Yutaka Kono is the Director of Orchestra and Associate Professor of Music at the University of Vermont. He is also the Artistic Director of the Burlington Chamber Orchestra and the conductor of Vermont Youth Philharmonia of Vermont Youth Orchestra Association.

Kono was the first person ever to receive a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Tuba performance from The University of Texas at Austin, where he also studied piano, composition, and conducting. He was the Assistant Conductor of the Kingsville Symphony Orchestra (TX) where he conducted the season opening concerts from 2007-2011. Kono previously taught at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, The University of Texas at San Antonio, and the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, Texas. He has studied conducting with Jerry Junkin, Mark Kelly, Eugene Dowdy, Peter Bay, and Silas Huff. Kono was selected to attend the Summer Conductors Institute at the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with Maestro Neil Varon and conducted the Rochester Philharmonic. He studied composition with Alex Lubet, Stephan Paulus, and Grantham.

Internationally recognized as a pedagogue on low brass and a strong advocate of music education, Kono has taught hundreds of students, and provided over 40 clinics. His students have competed regionally, nationally, and internationally, and have shown impressive results.