The Vermont Symphony Orchestra (VSO) will present three double concertos to showcase music director, Jaime Laredo, and his former student, Jennifer Koh in a special concert in Burlington on Saturday, March 9. The program includes Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins, an old friend, joined by a serene work from the iconic minimalist Philip Glass. A new work by David Ludwig honors the turning times of the year and the program concludes with Mozart’s intensely emotional Symphony No. 40. Curtis Institute fellow, Vinay Parameswaran, will conduct the three double concertos, while Laredo will lead the Mozart. The concert will be performed as part of the 2012/2013 Masterworks series at the Flynn Center at 8 pm. It will also be presented in Rutland on Sunday, March 10 at the Paramount Theatre at 3 pm as part of the Sunday Matinee Series, and on Friday, March 8, at the Bellows Falls Opera House at 7:30 pm.
Awarding-winning violinist Jennifer Koh is recognized for her intense, commanding performances, delivered with dazzling virtuosity and technical assurance. Born in Chicago, she made her debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at age eleven. She earned a degree in English literature from Oberlin College and went on to study at the Curtis Institute, where she worked extensively with Jaime Laredo. Koh has performed with leading orchestras around the world and has appeared with the VSO several times. She lives in New York City with her husband, pianist Benjamin Hochman.
The Orchestra will perform a new work, entitled “Seasons Lost,”by VSO New Music Advisor, David Ludwig. David Ludwig’s choral work, “The New Colossus,” was performed at the morning worship service preceding the President Obama’s Inauguration in January. Ludwig’s music has been described as “arresting and dramatically hued” by The New York Times. The award-winning young composer comes from several generations of musicians. His grandfather was the pianist Rudolf Serkin. Ludwig serves on the composition faculty of the Curtis Institute.
A pre-concert discussion, “Musically Speaking,” moderated by Rutland Herald Arts Editor Jim Lowe will be held at 7 pm, free for audience members. The discussion will feature Jaime Laredo, Jennifer Koh, and Vinay Parameswaran.
Again this year, the VSO will collect food items at its concert in Burlington as part of the national “Orchestras Feeding America” project. Audience members and the public may bring a non-perishable food item to the Flynn Theater lobby on March 9. Suggested food items include boxed dry goods, canned goods and soups, cereal, pasta, rice, and peanut butter. Please, no glass, perishables, or clothing. The project is also accepting cash donations. All food and cash contributions collected will be donated directly to the local branch of the Vermont Foodbank and donors will receive “Bach Bucks,” good for a discount on a future VSO concert.
“Orchestras Feeding America” is a national food drive organized by the League of American Orchestras, representing America’s professional, volunteer, and youth orchestras. This is the fifth year of the program in which 250 orchestras from all over the country have collected over 400,000 pounds of food. The food drive demonstrates the collective power of America’s orchestras in undertaking a project designed to help feed the hungry in their local communities. Food collected by the VSO will be distributed to Vermont Foodbank partners around the state to help ensure that all Vermonters have enough to eat.
Single tickets for the March concert start at $16. Student tickets are available for $9. For additional information or tickets, please visit the FlynnTix Regional Box Office website at www.flyntix.org, telephone (802) 86-FLYNN (863-5966), or visit www.vso.org. Subscriptions for the two remaining Masterworks series concerts range from $55 to $209, $32 for students.