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May22

SPONSORED BY PEOPLE'S UNITED BANK a division of M&T Bank

ON THE PROGRAM: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, by Michael Gallagher, with the composer on piano; Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90, by Johannes Brahms; The Lark Ascending, by Ralph Vaughan Williams, featuring symphony concertmaster Kaori Washiyama.

A SILENT AUCTION featuring a wide array of arts, crafts, jewelry, deluxe gift baskets, and many more interesting and beautiful items will begin before the performance and conclude at the end of intermission. Proceeds to benefit Sage City Symphony, which is a registered federal non-profit organization in the State of Vermont that relies entirely on generous donations, gifts in kind, grants, and volunteer services from individuals, local foundations, businesses, and sponsors to be able to offer FREE concerts to the community.

JUST A FEW OF THE ITEMS TO BE AUCTIONED: • Two season passes to Prospect Ski Mountain • $50 gift certificate to Bennington Bookshop • $50 gift certificate to True Love Farm • Gift certificate to Clearbrook Farm • Bennington Museum Membership • Two Grandma Moses Prints from Bennington Museum • Large wine/gift basket from People’s Bank • LuxuryLite LED wax pillar candle • Tunnel City Coffee beans • 2 Pomegranate 1000-pc art jigsaw puzzles • Framed & signed Mariner’s Compass fabric star made by quilting book author Mary Golden • Pearl and silver earrings from Katie Cleaver • Children’s books by local author and illustrator Sandra Magsamen • Necklace from Sweater Venture • Earrings from Sweater Venture • Framed print by Mark Whitcombe • Gift certificate to Dunkin Donuts • Gift certificate to Stewarts • Basket from Troy Farmers' Market

COVID PROTOCOLS: Please note that all current and evolving guidelines issued by the CDC, the State of Vermont, and Bennington College will be followed. Face masks and social distancing will be required at rehearsals and concerts. All musicians, visitors, and audience members must be fully vaccinated and boostered.

Mar20

ON THE PROGRAM: Serenade for Wind Instruments, Cello, and Double Bass in D minor, Op. 44, by Antonín Dvořák; Piece for Muted Strings, by Vivian Fine (“Elegiac Song”); Adagio e Fuga in Do Minore, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; selections from Ten Short Pieces for String Orchestra, by Louis Calabro

PLAYERS: Rehearsals start on Sunday, February 27, at 5:45 PM (see Rehearsal Notes & Files section for details).

COVID PROTOCOLS: Please note that all current and evolving guidelines issued by the CDC, the State of Vermont, and Bennington College will be followed. Face masks and social distancing will be required at rehearsals and concerts. All musicians, visitors, and audience members must be fully vaccinated and boostered.

Feb13

Winter Concert

Greenwall Auditorium, VAPA Building, Bennington College

ON THE PROGRAM: Symphony No. 5 in B♭ Major, D. 485, by Franz Schubert; Concerto for Bassoon and Strings, by Craig Phillips, with bassoonist Gerald Lanoue; Lyric for Strings, by George Walker

PLAYERS: Rehearsals start on Sunday, January 23, at 5:45 PM (see Rehearsal Notes & Files section for details).

COVID PROTOCOLS: Please note that all current and evolving guidelines issued by the CDC, the State of Vermont, and Bennington College will be followed. Face masks and social distancing will be required at rehearsals and concerts. All musicians, visitors, and audience members must be fully vaccinated and boostered.

Nov14

Fall Concert

Greenwall Auditorium, VAPA Building, Bennington College

ON THE PROGRAM: Symphony No. 6 in F Major (“Pastoral Symphony, or Recollections of Country Life”), by Ludwig van Beethoven; Serenade in C minor (“Nachtmusik”) for wind octet, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Piece for Strings (1970), by Alison Nowak

PLAYERS: Rehearsals start on Sunday, September 19, at 5:45 PM ~ JOIN US! (see Rehearsal Notes & Files section for details).

COVID PROTOCOLS: Please note that all current and evolving guidelines issued by the CDC, the State of Vermont, and Bennington College will be followed. Face masks and social distancing will be required at rehearsals and concerts. Musicians are vaccinated. It is required that audience members be fully vaccinated. 

May17

On the Program: Overture to Don Giovanni by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; new works by Bennington College student composers; commissioned work TBA by Geoffrey Gee; Symphony No. 2 by Sergei Rachmaninoff

Annual Dinner following the concert ~ full BBQ meal with all the trimmings for $25 per person; cash bar (Reservation button coming soon! In the meantime, email SageCity802@gmail.com for more information)

Players: Rehearsals start on Sunday, March 22, at 5:45 PM ~ JOIN US! (see Rehearsal Notes & Files section for details).

Mar8

On the Program ~ "Kora Saba" (2014) by Michael Wimberly, "Danzón" by Robert Zimmerman, "Danzón No. 2" by Arturo Márquez, "Dances from Estancia" Op. 8a by Alberto Ginastera, and new works by Bennington College student composers: “Romance and Desire” by Dre James, “Obani Pollux” by Sebastian Greer, and “Thimbo” by J. H. White

Nov17

Fall Concert & Annual Silent Auction

Greenwall Auditorium, VAPA Building, Bennington College

Sponsored by the Bank of Bennington

On the Program: Adagio from Symphony No. 10 by Gustav Mahler; Five Orchestral Scenes by Allen Shawn; Nabucco Overture by Giuseppe Verdi

A silent auction featuring a wide array of arts, crafts, jewelry, deluxe gift baskets, and many more items ideal for holiday giving will begin before the performance and conclude at the end of intermission.

Waltz Night

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Park-McCullough House Carriage Barn

Join musicians from Sage City Symphony for an evening of dancing to a variety of waltzes, popular dance tunes, polkas, and Latin selections. Sweet and savory refreshments will be served; a cash bar will offer beer and wine.

$25 per person ~ RSVP by OCTOBER 16 to (802) 375-9263 or ralpharp@gmail.com

Fund-Raising Brunch

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748 Harvest Hills Drive, North Bennington, VT

Enjoy Bagels with Cream Cheese and Smoked Salmon, Assorted Quiches, Fruit Salads, Breakfast Sweets, Mimosas, Orange Juice, Coffee, Tea, and more!

$25 per person ~ RSVP by SEPTEMBER 20 to (802) 375-9263 or ralpharp@gmail.com

Spring Concert

Greenwall Auditorium, VAPA Building, Bennington College, One College Drive, Bennington, VT 05201

Sponsored by People's United Bank

Sage City Symphony's final performance of the season features Dvořák's exciting Symphony No. 7, as well as the world premiere of a work by Bennington native Leo Yucht, an up-and-coming jazz percussionist and composer now based out of NYC. Rounding out the program is “Fanfare,” written to precede the ballet “La Péri,” by Paul Dukas. (Dukas is perhaps best remembered for his orchestral piece “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” which was notably used in Disney’s 1940 animated film “Fantasia.”)

A graduate of MAUHS ('13) and William Paterson University ('17), Leo Yucht has performed with some of the most acclaimed musicians in the world, including Jon Batiste, Aaron Goldberg, Harold Mabern, Pete Malinverni, and many more. Yucht performs regularly in the New York metropolitan area with his band and also as a sideman with other world-renowned jazz artists.

Yucht's composition, simply titled “E,” is dedicated to his wife, Ekin. “The piece is my tribute to her,” he says. “She is a special person and I feel lucky that I get to write it for her.” Yucht adapted his original melody for Sage City Symphony’s strings, a few wind instruments, and glockenspiel, which will accompany his jazz quartet. In describing his process, he says, “Musically, I drew inspiration from many historical recordings of a similar nature; for example, Charlie Parker’s ‘Bird with Strings,’ ‘Clifford Brown with Strings,’ Wayne Shorter’s ‘Without a Net.’ I feel that the piece is dynamic. It is not simply ‘this’ or ‘that’; rather, it embodies a spectrum of moods and sounds.” This work was commissioned by Sage City Symphony as part of its mission to support new composers.

Sage City Symphony is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, registered in the State of Vermont, and relies entirely on generous donations, grants, and volunteer services from individuals, local foundations, businesses, and sponsors. Concerts are always free and open to all.

Jazz Brunch

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Park-McCullough House Carriage Barn

This event is made possible by the Fund for North Bennington and the Board of Sage City Symphony.

Sage City Symphony's jazz brunch with live music by the Leo Yucht Jazz Combo is a delicious and entertaining appetizer for the following afternoon's concert, at which a composition by Bennington native Leo Yucht will premiere. The menu will include a variety of brunch favorites, including quiches, fruits, and pastries. Tickets for the brunch are $20 for adults, $10 for students, and free for kids ages 12 and under. Proceeds will benefit the Village School in North Bennington and the Kitchen Cupboard food pantry in Bennington.

Leo Yucht is an up-and-coming jazz percussionist and composer now based out of NYC. A graduate of MAUHS ('13) and William Paterson University ('17), he has performed with some of the most acclaimed musicians in the world, including Jon Batiste, Aaron Goldberg, Harold Mabern, Pete Malinverni, and many more. Leo performs regularly in the New York metropolitan area with his band and also as a sideman with other world-renowned jazz artists.

Sage City Symphony is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, registered in the State of Vermont, and relies entirely on generous donations, grants, and volunteer services from individuals, local foundations, businesses, and sponsors. Concerts are always free and open to all.

Youth Concert

Greenwall Auditorium, VAPA Building, Bennington College, One College Drive, Bennington, VT 05201

Sponsored by Long Trail School

The annual youth concert is part of the symphony’s unique Young Composers Project, in which a mentor works with college and/or high school students to write original compositions and score them for live performance by the symphony. This year’s featured composers, International Baccalaureate students in the music program at Long Trail School, are (pictured, from left) Jake Smith, Jacob Schmidt, Evan Coleman, Liam Murphy, Jae VanDerWielen, Sean Bottomms, Nolan Hilliard, and Oisin Harrington, with their music teacher, Geoffrey Gee.

Also on the program are selections from “Happy If Happy When” by Long Trail music teacher and pianist, composer, and sound designer Geoffrey Gee, as well as all four movements of “Seven Seals” for symphony and chorus (The Horsemen, The Martyrs, The Great Quake, The Great I AM) by percussionist, conductor, composer, and recently retired longtime Mount Anthony Union High School band teacher Marjorie Rooen. Gabriel Ferreras, a Bennington College student studying piano performance and conducting, will direct the symphony in the overture to “The Magic Flute” by Mozart.

Sage City Symphony is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, registered in the State of Vermont, and relies entirely on generous donations, grants, and volunteer services from individuals, local foundations, businesses, and sponsors. Concerts are always free and open to all.

Winter Chamber Concert

Greenwall Auditorium, VAPA Building, Bennington College, 1 College Drive, Bennington, VT

Conducted by music director Michael Finckel, the program for this concert includes three pieces by Ludwig van Beethoven: Egmont Overture, Op. 84; Symphony No. 4 in B-flat major, Op. 60; and Romance No. 2 in F major, Op. 50, for violin and orchestra featuring symphony concertmistress Kaori Washiyama.

The February 10 concert is sponsored by members of the Sage City Symphony board of directors. Sage City Symphony is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, registered in the State of Vermont, and relies entirely on generous donations and grants from individuals, local foundations, businesses, and sponsors. Concerts are always free and open to all.

 
 
 

 

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