VSO’s newest project serves the present moment with streamed chamber ensemble performances, and our March offering is a unique combination of classical and jazz music, visual art and poetry by BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) artists. Reuben Jackson, known for presenting VPR’s Friday Night Jazz and curating the Smithsonian Institution’s Duke Ellington collection, serves as our host and fellow poet alongside readings by US Poet Laureate Rita Dove. Two new commissions will receive their world premieres by prominent composers and musicians Ray Vega and Carlos Simon, performed alongside music by Florence Price, Matthew Evan Taylor, Dorothy Rudd Moore, Scott Joplin and more. Paintings by Vermont-based visual artists Crystal Stokes, Julio Desmont and Alan Blackwell will be featured throughout the concert. This program is curated by Matt LaRocca.
Violins: Kathy Andrew, Sofia Hirsch, Jane Kittredge, Laura Markowitz, Letitia Quante, Brooke Quiggins
Violas: Stefanie Taylor, Sofia Hirsch, Laura Markowitz, Brooke Quiggins
Cellos: John Dunlop, Dieuwke Davydov, Bonnie Klimowski
Trumpet: Ray Vega
Piano: Mary Jane Austin
Online concert starting March 27 at 7:30 and streaming through April 3.
Free webinar hosted by Reuben Jackson on March 18 at 7:30. View the webinar here.
When you purchase a ticket, you will create a username and password that you will use to access the live stream (be sure to write it down!). On the night of the show, you will return to this page and enter your login information to access the concert. You will be able to log in starting 15 minutes before the concert, and you will be able to access the show until April 3. PLEASE NOTE: The video player is not supported by Internet Explorer. If you are not able to see the video player, please try using Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or a different browser.
Single tickets and season ticket packages are available for purchase below. Single tickets start at $5, on a pay-what-you-can sliding scale. To purchase tickets by phone or redeem a gift certificate, please call Box Office Manager Grace Spain at (802) 864-5741 ext. 110.
To view the show with closed captioning or ASL, click here
(Click here for a downloadable PDF version)
Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, arr. LaRocca — Allegro from Symphony No. 1 in G Major
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor — Scherzo from Piano Quintet in g minor
Carlos Simon – “Flight” and “Settle” from Warmth from Other Suns
Florence Price – “Swing Low Sweet Chariot” from Five Folk Songs in Counterpoint
Chiquinha Gonzaga, arr. LaRocca – Amor and Atraente
Dorothy Rudd Moore – Moderato from Modes
Matthew Evan Taylor – Antsy
Ray Vega –Buscando Doña Juana Figueroa
Scott Joplin, arr. LaRocca – The Cascades
This season is sponsored by the Northfield Savings Bank VSO Innovation Fund.
Supported in part by Vermont Humanities
This concert is sponsored by John Tampas in loving memory of Kathryn Tampas and by Davis & Hodgdon and Associates, Copperleaf Financial.
The VSO is proud to present our virtual season’s live-streamed concerts in partnership with OurConcerts.live.