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Legacy and Inspiration: Celebrating the Windham Orchestra's 40th Season.

During the 2009-2010 concert season, the Windham Orchestra will celebrate the 40th anniversary of its founding in 1969. Under Music Director David Runnion, the Orchestra embarks on a season of Legacy and Inspiration, with new community collaborations, challenging repertoire, and a celebration of the history and future of Windham County's symphony orchestra.

The Windham Orchestra is a program of the Brattleboro Music Center (BMC) and takes pride in its history of 40 years of providing symphonic music in southeastern Vermont, in its commitment to new music, in its school and outreach programs to keep classical music vital and shape future audiences, and in its Listen Local focus.

The Orchestra's season opens in November with a new venture: the staged production of three one - act operas presented in collaboration with Friends of Music at Guilford (FOMAG). "Hello?" An Evening of Telephone Operas.

Later in November, the Windham Orchestra presents a French-Swiss program in honor of BMC founder and southern Vermont musical pioneer Blanche Moyse's 100th Birthday.

In January the Orchestra presents its 3rd annual "Listen Local" concert, featuring the works of local composers.

In March, the Orchestra dedicates its performances to "Kids of All Ages", with a special day of performances for local schoolchildren that is repeated on a Sunday afternoon for the general public.

In the final concert in May, the Orchestra takes direct inspiration from both its own history and the legacy of Blanche Moyse. The strings will perform Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No.3, honoring Mme. Moyse's special love of and dedication to the music of J.S. Bach.

For more information about the Windham Orchestra, the dates of concerts and the programs visit www.windhamorchestra.net.

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