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A September preview as colorful as the turning leaves

Almost into September! Really hard to believe...but the reality is there in the calendar and on the just-starting-to-turn leaves, and it's really hard to refute. However when we take the time to take a second look, there is a plethora of events about to occur as part of 2007-2008 season events, here and in Montreal, that will assuage our sadness at the departure of summer.

I am going to tease you just a little bit this week much in the manner of showing a box of beautiful chocolate truffles to you and then telling you theyre for later on with some bonbons that are going to come up in the next several weeks at various points within our communities. Some of them are related to the seasonal changing of the leaves, which brings so many leaf-peepers to Vermont; some of them are merely the first instances of events sponsored by such groups as the UVM Lane Series and the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts. All of them are of interest.

For example the Vermont Symphony Orchestra will be performing their Made in Vermont Music Festival which begins on Sept. 27 , 7:30 p.m., at the Vergennes Opera House, when the orchestra, under conductor Anthony Princiotti, will conduct music by Hugo Wolf, Dvorak, Tchaikovsky, and present the world premiere performance of a commissioned work by Sarah Doncaster, a Vermont composer who lives in the Northeast Kingdom, and who has done tremendous work in presenting contemporary music to Vermont. The VSO has a very ambitious concert season this year.

The Vermont Youth Orchestra, under the artistic direction of Troy Peters, will present their first concert of the season at the Flynn Center on Sunday, Sept. 23, 3 p.m. The theme for the concert is "In Nature's Realm," and will feature music by Dvorak, Copland, Richard Strauss, Wagner and others. This will be the first of three concerts during their 2007-2008 series.

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