Vermont Symphony Orchestra


During the coldest and darkest days of the year, the VSO brings light, hope, and joy to senior residence communities and assisted living facilities across the state with its “Midwinter Music” community engagement program from February 14-20, 2022. In doing so, we bring the chamber music ensemble experience to people in St. Albans, Burlington, Middlebury, Rutland, Montpelier, Shelburne and Hardwick who may be unable to access our concerts.

This one-hour program features music performed by a VSO string quartet (violinists Jane Kittredge and Kathy Andrew, violist Ana Ruesink, and cellist John Dunlop) and readings of poetry from a range of writers, including Vermont poets Robert Frost, David Budbill, and Chard deNiord, as well as a work by Young Writers Project member Zoe Bernstein.

Please note that this is a private concert tour and not open to the public. Presented in collaboration with Vermont Humanities.


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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This concert tour is sponsored in part by Vermont Humanities.