Schedule of Events - 57th Season


Saturday, October 24, 7:30 pm
Elley-Long Music Center at St. Michael's College, home of the Vermont Youth Orchesta Association
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Sunday, October 25, 2:00 pm
Barre Opera House. Buy Tickets


Featuring the 2015 Bel Canto Institute Orchestral Award Winners

Italian Operatic and Orchestral Delights

Prendi from L’elisir d’amore - Gaetano Donizetti
Vivian Yau, soprano

Introduction to Act III - Madama Butterfly - Giacomo Puccini

La Preghiera from I Lombardi - Giuseppe Verdi
Ileana Santamaria, soprano

Caro nome from Rigoletto - Giuseppe Verdi
Vivian Yau, soprano

Overture to L'Italiana un Algeri - Gioacchino Rossini

Una voce poco fa from Il barbiere di Siviglia - Gioacchino Rossini
Vivian Yau, soprano

Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana - Pietro Mascagni

Signore, ascolta from Turandot - Giacomo Puccini
Ileana Santamaria, soprano

Trittico Botticelliano - Ottorino Respighi

Tacea la note from Il Trovatore - Giuseppe Verdi
Ileana Santamaria,soprano

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Sunday, November 22, 2015
Barre Opera House
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Lisa Jablow, Conductor

Friday, December 4, 2015, 7:30 pm
Bethany Church (UCC), 115 Main Street, Montpelier (Note: This is a change of venue, due to a broken furnace at St. Augustine's.)
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Sunday, December 6, 2015, 2:00 pm
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Featuring Soloists:
Mary Bonhag, soprano
Ana Maria Ugarte, contralto
Brian Landry, tenor
Tim Wilfong, baritone
and the Vermont Philharmonic Chorus
Marjori Drysdale, rehearsal director

About the Soloists


Lou Kosma, Conductor
Featuring the Winner of the Borowicz Memorial Scholarship

Saturday, February 13, 2016, 7:30 pm
Elley-Long Music Center at St. Michael's College, home of the Vermont Youth Orchesta Association
, Colchester

Sunday, February 14, 2016, 2:00 pm
Barre Opera House

Tragic Overture, Op. 81
Johannes Brahms

Piano Concerto No. 3
Ludwig von Beethoven
Alan Chiang, Piano
Winner of the Borowicz Memorial Scholarship

Poème for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 25
Ernest Chausson
Katherine Winterstein, Violin

Five Variants of ‘Dives and Lazarus’
Ralph Vaughan Williams

Pictures at an Exhibition
Modest Mussorgsky

Bob Blais
GMYS Conductor

Paul Orgel, Piano

Erin Magill, Composer

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Sunday, March 13, 2016, 2:00 PM
Barre Opera House
Lou Kosma, Conductor

Dressing It Up!
From Melody To Full Orchestra
A musical work usually starts as a melody in the composer’s head. While many works are envisioned from the beginning as orchestral music, it is also very common for pieces composed originally for single instrument or voice to be arranged later for a larger group. The process of orchestrating or arranging a basic melody can be looked at as “dressing it up”—adding the many voices of a larger group of musicians to make a richer and more complex sound.

Pictures at an Exhibition by Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881)

Promenade – Paul Orgel, piano
Promenade – arr. Earl North for winds, percussion and bass
Promenade – arr. Maurice Ravel (orch.)
Promenade – arr. Mikhail Tushmalov (orch.)

Great Gate of Kiev – Paul Orgel, piano
Great Gate of Kiev – arr. North
Great Gate of Kiev – arr. Ravel
Great Gate of Kiev – arr. Tushmalov

The Entertainer by Scott Joplin (1868-1917)
Paul Orgel, piano
Orchestra – arr. Gunther Schuller

Sailors’ Song, Op. 68, No.1 by Edvard Grieg (1843 – 1907)
Paul Orgel, piano
String Orchestra- arr. Luciano Tavares

Couching Lion by Erin Magill (b. 2000)

In the Hall of the Mountain King from Peer Gynt by Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)
Green Mountain Youth Symphony
Robert Blais, Director

Finale from 1812 Overture by Peter Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
Paul Orgel, piano
Combined VP and GMYS Orchestras

Concert Sponsors:

Community National Bank, Barre, VT
Hickok and Boardman Insurance Group, Burlington, Stowe, St. Albans, Montpelier & Lyndonville
Noyle W. Johnson Insurance, Montpelier

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Mia Kim Bernard

Lou Kosma, Conductor

Saturday April 30, 2016, 7:30 pm
Chandler Music Hall
, Randolph
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Sunday, May 1, 2016, 2:00 pm
Barre Opera House

Jubel Overture, Op 59 by Carl Maria von Weber

Cello Concerto in B-flat by Luigi Boccherini
Mia Kim Bernard, Cello

Dance Rhythms, Op 58a by Wallingford Riegger

Symphony No 1 in D minor by Charles Ives

Sponsored by:

Heney Realtors, Montpelier & Barre

Antonette Knoedl, soprano
About the Artist

Middlebury Pops Concert
Lou Kosma, Conductor

Friday, July 1, 2016, 7:30 pm
The Lawn at Mahaney Center for the Arts at Middlebury College
Presented by the Henry Sheldon Museum

Come join us at the Sheldon Museum's annual outdoor Pops Concert and fireworks. Celebrate Independence Day with a concert of Broadway standards, pops and patriotic music performed by the Vermont Philharmonic. This will be followed by a glorious fireworks display on the mountain view meadow behind the Mahaney Center for the Arts at Middlebury College. Please see the Sheldon museum's website for time and location.

Selections form West Side Story
Leonard Bernstein/J. Mason

Dancing in the Dark
Arthur Schwartz/Sayre

My Fair Lady Selections
Lerner and Loewe/Whitney

Spanish Rose from Bye, Bye, Birdie
Charles Strouse
Antonette Knoedl, soprano

Colonel Bogey March
Kenneth Alford

Norwegian Dances
Edvard Greig/Isaac

Ernesto Lecuona
Antonette Knoedl, soprano

Radetsky March
Johann Strauss, Sr.

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens
John Williams/ O’Loughlin


Washington Post March
John Philip Sousa

New York, New York
Kander and Ebb/Whitney


Broadway Showstoppers
Arr. Sayre

Everything’s Coming Up Roses
Jule Styne
Antonette Knoedl, soprano

National Emblem
Edwin Bagley

America the Beautiful Fantasy
S. Ward/P. Scott

Lou Kosma, Conductor

Sunday, August 14, 2016, 4:00 pm
Open for picnicking at 3:00 pm
Moose Meadow Lodge, Duxbury

Bring your picnic and your loved ones. Parking at Moose Meadow Lodge is limited, so carpooling is highly recommended.