Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Masterworks featuring Katherine Winterstein


All concerts begin at 8:00 pm and are preceded at 7:00 pm by Musically Speaking, a free pre-concert discussion that provides entertaining insight into the evening’s program.


BARBER – Violin Concerto
BEETHOVEN – Symphony No. 8

Jaime Laredo, conductor
Katherine Winterstein, violin

Poetry and music join forces as we showcase our remarkable concertmaster, and delve into Beethoven’s penultimate symphony. The opening piece is by American composer Christopher Theofanidis (“theo-fun-nee-diss) (b.1967) based Dreamtime Ancestors on the Australian aboriginal idea that everyone is connected through our “dreamtime ancestors” of the past, present, and future. Each movement is preceded by a short reading.

Next, our brilliant concertmaster, Katherine Winterstein will take us through her interpretation of American composer, Samuel Barber’s iconic violin concerto. Katherine’s performs on a remarkable and historic instrument, made in 1774, over a hundred years before Beethoven was even born. The program closes with Beethoven’s relentlessly cheerful eighth symphony, a masterpiece that often gets overshadowed by the more famous seventh and ninth symphonies. You’ll leave with a smile on your face, guaranteed!

Katherine Winterstein

Praised by critics for playing that is “as exciting as it is beautiful,” and for “livewire intensity” that is both “memorably demonic” and “delightfully effective,” violinist Katherine Winterstein enjoys a wide range of musical endeavors.  She has performed on numerous concert series, such as Washington DC’s Embassy Series, the Rochester Chamber Music Society, Boston’s Ashmont Hill Chamber Music Series, the Staunton Music Festival, and the McIntire Chamber Music Series at the University of Virginia.  She is a member of the Hartt String Quartet, and appears regularly with the Boston-based Radius Ensemble, Chameleon Arts Ensemble, Providence-based Aurea Ensemble, and 2016 was her 15th season with the Craftsbury Chamber Players of Vermont.  She has collaborated in chamber music settings with Jaime Laredo, Joseph Kalichstein, Andres Diaz, Ida Kavafian, Ann-Marie McDermott, Steven Tenenbom, and Peter Zazofsky.  And she has recently performed the entire cycle of Beethoven’s sonatas for violin and piano with pianist Inessa Zaretsky.

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She has appeared as soloist with the Vermont Symphony, the Wintergreen Festival Orchestra, the Middlebury Bach Festival, the Charlottesville and University Symphony, the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival Orchestra, the Champlain Valley Philharmonic, the Vermont Philharmonic, and the Boston Virtuosi, to name a few.   Her performances have been featured on WGBH, WTJU, VPR and KUOW.

Ms. Winterstein is the concertmaster of the Vermont Symphony, the acting assistant concertmaster of the Rhode Island Philharmonic, and she is currently serving as concertmaster for the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, with whom she also plays frequently. She was the assistant concertmaster of the Portland Symphony from 2005 to 2013, and she additionally performs regularly with the Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Baroque, and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and appeared in 2016 as the concertmaster of the Palm Beach Opera Orchestra.

She holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Charles Castleman, and received her Master’s Degree from Boston University’s School for the Arts, where she was a student of Peter Zazofsky.   Ms. Winterstein served for three years on the faculty of the University of Virginia and was a member of the performance faculty of Middlebury College in Vermont from 2002-2015.  She has been a member of the the faculty of the Hartt School of Music since 2011, and joined the artist faculty of Brown University in 2015.

Ms. Winterstein plays on a 1779 J.B. Guadagnini on loan to her from Mr. William Herbst of Montpelier, Vermont.  Her bow was made in 2006 by Benoit Rolland.

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