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VSO to grace the Paramount stage

RUTLAND The Vermont Symphony Orchestra brings its popular three-concert Sunday Matinee Series to southwestern Vermont again this season, with special performances at the Paramount Theatre in Rutland. The Sunday concerts include Rejoice! Dec. 14 at 3 p.m., Winter Romance Jan. 25 at 4 p.m., and All-American, March 22 at 4 p.m. The season begins with the exuberant VSO Holiday Pops concert Dec. 14, celebrating the season with the VSO Chorus. This popular holiday event features Robert De Cormier and Dawn Willis, conducting, and the VSO debut of soprano Indra Thomas. A heartwarming program, narrated by Vermont composer Peter Hamlin of Middlebury, includes folk favorites and seasonal classics the African American piece, Glory and Honor, arranged by Robert De Cormier; a movement from Donald Frasers Christmas Symphony; Gwyneth Walkers Rejoice; Peter Hamlins Christmas with Mr. Grump; the traditional audience sing-along; and concludes with the Rejoice and Hallelujah Chorus from Handels Messiah. Romance is the theme of the second concert, presenting Music of Our Time in honor of the forthcoming VSO 75th anniversary in 2009-10, when noted violinist and VSO music director Jaime Laredo performs with his wife, oboist Sharon Robinson. Vermonts musical duo will perform a double concerto, Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra (world premiere), written especially for them by VSO composer-in-residence David Ludwig, with the dynamic young Sarah Hicks on the podium. The Winter Romance program also includes Romance for Orchestra by Middlebury composer Jorge Martin and Prokofievs Romeo and Juliet Suite. The concert is sponsored by Theodore and Patricia Mandeville. The March concert features an all-American program, conducted by Jaime Laredo and showcasing three wonderful VSO principal players: Albert Brouwer, flute; Nancy Dimock, oboe; and Mark Emery, trumpet. The concert includes music of Cowell, Richard Danielpour and Barber, and closes with Bernsteins spirited West Side Story Symphonic Dances. This concert is sponsored by Southwest Vermont Friends of the VSO. Series tickets range from $24 for students to $74 for premier seating, available only through the VSO office. Single concert tickets range from $9 for students to $29, available in person and online from the Paramount Theatre Box Office at 775-0903, or www.Paramountvt.org.

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