2015-2016 Season


Spring Concert on Sunday, May 22 2016

4:00 pm in Greenwall Auditorium, VAPA, Bennington College


Sage City Symphony will present the Violin Concerto in A Minor by Johann Sebastian Bach, Kaori Washiyama, soloist; Symphony no. 4 in G Major by Gustav Mahler, Kerry Ryer-Parke, Soprano soloist and Symphony No. 5, a commissioned work composed by Vermont composer Robert (Zeke) Hecker

Sage City Symphony Annual Benefit Dinner

Following the Spring Concert, in Greenwall Auditorium


Sage City Symphony presents its annual fundraising dinner, with a variety of delicious fare made by our Board members and orchestra members. There will be a short reception immediately following the performance while the food is set up. The dinner is $25 for adults, with wine and beer available for $4-5 per glass.

Sage City Symphony relies entirely on donations, the players perform for free and the Board is entirely volunteer. The modest fee we charge for this dinner is less than most of the restaurants in the area, and goes a long way towards helping us pay our expenses to rent music and cover our other costs.


Composer Notes for Symphony No. 5 by Zeke Hecker

From the late eighteenth century on -- Haydn and Mozart through Beethoven, Brahms, Bruckner, Mahler, Shostakovitch -- the term "symphony" was made to bear increasing weight. My Fifth Symphony, like my previous four, jettisons that cargo. It's only about twenty minutes long. It doesn't aim for a Grand Statement. It doesn't have extra-musical intent. It's not "about" anything other than itself.

The structure is slightly unorthodox: three movements, instead of the conventional four. (Of course, there are many exceptions to that convention, from one movement -- Sibelius, Barber -- or as many as seven -- Mahler again.) Not many symphonies start with a Passacaglia, though Brahms's Fourth famously ends with one. (A passacaglia is built on a relentlessly repeated sequence of notes, usually announced in the bass.) The Scherzo is appropriately whimsical, but unlike most movements so titled it isn't in triple time, and it features extensive fugato passages. Those first two movements are played without a break. The Finale, a slow movement, is almost equal in length to the two preceding ones combined -- again not unprecedented, but uncommon. A stormy allegro section briefly interrupts its serenity... Click here for more


Kerry Ryer-Parke, Soprano Soloist

  • Kerry Ryer-Parke is known as a skilled and intuitive performer of many musical styles, from oratorio, opera, early music and new works to folk, jazz and rock. She has been the Director of the Bennington Children's Chorus since 1994 and the Bennington Voice Workshop since 2002... Click here for more


Zeke Hecker, Composer

Zeke Hecker was born in Newark, New Jersey, in 1947, and attended the Lawrenceville School and Harvard College. He is former principal oboist of the Windham Orchestra, Pioneer Valley Symphony, and Connecticut River Valley Orchestra; a member of the woodwind quintets Windfall and Variable Winds; founder and former trustee of Friends of Music at Guilford; and a former director of the Consortium of Vermont Composers... Click here for more

Sage City/MCO Benefit Concert on Sunday, June 26 2016

4:00 pm at North Bennington Village School
9 School St, North Bennington VT


Members of Sage City Symphony and Music Company Orchestra combine in a performance to raise funds for the Village School string program.

All concerts are free and open to the public. Performances are in Greenwall Auditorium, VAPA Building, on the Bennington College campus unless otherwise noted. The venue is handicapped accessible and parking is free. Sage City Symphony relies entirely on contributions and grants.

Sage City Symphony Earns the 2014 Walloomsac Award


This award, created in 1991, is presented by the Bennington Museum for outstanding contributions to the community in the field of art, history or education. Thank you to the Board and staff of the Bennington Museum for this recognition!


Thanks to Our Sponsors


We thank the following businesses for sponsoring our concerts.

For the 2015-2016 Season:
Ann and Peter Seidman and Catherine Hall-Schor In memory of my husband Joe Schor, sponsors of the Youth Concert on March 13 2016.
Bank of Bennnington, sponsor of the Winter Chamber Concert on February 14 2016
People's United Bank, sponsor of the Fall Concert on November 15 2015.

For the 2014-2015 Season:
Jack Dawkins, sponsor of the Spring Concert on May 17 2015.
Karl Brosch and Ralph Thomas, sponsors of the Chamber Concert on February 1 2015.
One World Conservation Center, sponsor of the November 16 New England Connections Concert.

For the 2013-14 season: Berkshire Bank, sponsor of the May 18 2014 concert, Prime Lending of Bennington VT, sponsor of the November 17 2013 concert; Maxine Newman, sponsor of the February 16 2014 concert, Sarah Tenney and the Board of Sage City Symphony, sponsors of the March 16 Youth Concert.

For the 2012-2013 season: Bank of Bennington, sponsor of the May 19 2013 40th anniversary concert Stewarts' Shops, sponsor of the March 17 2013 Youth Concert; The Board of Sage City Symphony, sponsor of the Chamber Concert on February 17 2013 and Merchants Bank, sponsor of the December 2 2012 fall concert.

For the 2011-2012 season: TD Bank, Bennington, sponsor of the May 13 2012 Spring Concert; E.P. Mahar and Sons Funeral Home, Madison Brewing Company, and State Farm Insurance (James Thibodeau), sponsors for the March 18 2012 Youth Concert; Board of Sage City Symphony, sponsor of the February 12 2012 chamber concert; and People's United Bank, sponsor of our Fall Concert on November 13 2011. Thanks to Mount Anthony Union High School and Bennington College for providing performance space, and band director Marj Rooen of MAUHS and staff of Bennington College for use of percussion equipment.