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Ring in the Holidays with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra

BURLINGTON The Vermont Symphony Orchestra will ring in the holidays this year with a pair of traditional seasonal programs to be held at venues statewide. Be sure to mark your calendars and let the VSO distract you from the stresses of the holidays. The first of the two programs is entitled Suite Dreams, and it offers a musical commentary on the relationship between dreams and music. The show explores both dreams and the music inspired by dreams. The program for Suite Dreams has something for every music aficionado, including excerpts from Humperdincks Hansel and Gretel, Prokofievs Lieutenant Kije, the Nutcracker Suite and various other folk traditionals -- and, of course, seasonal classics. Suite Dreams will be hosted and narrated by VSO chorus member John Heizer. Heizer is a psychiatrist and he will offer his expertise on the subconscious throughout the course of the concert. Charlotte resident Katie Jordan, a french horn player who was recently featured on the nationally syndicated public radio show From the Top, headlines the program and Anthony Princiotte will conduct. Suite Dreams will be performed on Friday, Dec. 7, at 7:30 p.m. at the Barre Opera House and on Saturday, December 8, at 7:30 p.m. at the Flynn Center in Burlington. The last show is scheduled for 3 p.m. at the Paramount Theatre in Rutland on Sunday, December 9. For those seeking a concert with a strictly Holiday driven program, the second series of concerts courtesy of the VSO may be a better fit. Robert De Cormier and the VSO Brass Quintet and Counterpoint will play four shows in the middle of December. Those shows are scheduled as follows: Thursday, December 13, 7:30 p.m. at the Congregational Church in Manchester Village; Friday, December 14, 7:30 p.m. at the Congregational Church in Brandon; Saturday, December 15, 5 p.m. at the White Church in Grafton; and Sunday, December 16, 4 p.m. at the Warren Church in Warren. If December is too busy and you find yourself trapped at home, why not bring the VSO to your living room? After years of high demand, the VSO Brass quintet and organist David Neiweem have combined to record Christmas in Vermont, a blending of rare gems and seasonal favorites. The CD costs $15 and will be on sale at all VSO concerts. For ticket information or to purchase a copy of the CD, call 802-VSO-9293 at extension 10, or visit www.vso.org .

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