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 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
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.