ARTBITS by Richard B. Harper

VOLUME 4 * * All Arts News On the Web * * September 28, 2000


      ArtBits always features a calendar of the goings on of Franklin County artists. Check out these events around Franklin County. Each issue includes the entire text of our weekly newspaper column.

      There is a free AAC Networking Meeting/Coffee House at 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month. These gatherings bring new opportunities, gossip, and workshops every month at Simple Pleasures in St Albans.


      The Vermont Youth Orchestra appears twice in Franklin County this Fall, surrounding tonight's concert by the Vermont Symphony Orchestra in St Albans.


      The Vermont Symphony Orchestra Made in Vermont Music Festival returns to St Albans tonight for a concert in the BFA-St Albans Theater.
      The VSO annual fall tour features world-renowned violinist, Music Director Jaime Laredo, with principal oboist Nancy Dimock performing Bach's Concerto for Violin and Oboe. The program also includes the world premiere of Voices of 1918 by Vermont composer Kenneth Langer, Britten's Simple Symphony, and Haydn's Symphony No. 49 (wonderfully subtitled La Passione).
      The urgent outer movements of Bach's Concerto showcase the disparate tone of the at first competing, then comparing and cooperating, violin and oboe. It is a plaintive and mesmerizing piece in which the two soloists dance and weave around each other.
      Jaime Laredo has toured worldwide as a soloist, conductor, recitalist and chamber musician since his original orchestral debut with the San Francisco Symphony at age eleven. Mr. Laredo has performed with orchestras including Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, New York, and Philadelphia, and with such conductors as Barenboim, Mehta, Ozawa, Slatkin, and Colin Davis. He has performed at the United Nations and the White House and was awarded the Handel Medallion, New York City's highest cultural honor. He has recorded over forty albums and has received a Grammy Award and the Deutsche Schallplatten Prize.
      Mr. Laredo and his wife, cellist Sharon Robinson, make their home in Guilford, Vermont.
      Nancy Dimock was named principal oboist of the Vermont Symphony in 1997. She also sits second oboe in the Albany Symphony, and plays English horn with Glimmerglass Opera, with whom she has appeared "Great Performances" on PBS.
      An active performer in Boston, she has played with the Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, Boston Ballet and Boston Lyric Opera. Ms. Dimock also works with the Chameleon Arts Ensemble and the Auros Group for New Music. She studied with Joseph Robinson and Alfred Genovese, is the lecturer of oboe at the University of Connecticut, and teaches at the Winchester School.
      Lord Benjamin Britten based the delightful Simple Symphony on tunes he wrote between the ages of nine and 12. With movements named Boisterous Bourree, Playful Pizzicato, Sentimental Saraband, and Frolicsome Finale, it is a symphony for string orchestra that was used for a ballet choreographed by Walter Gore in 1944.
      Voices of 1918 incorporates excerpts from Vermont State Poet Ellen Bryant Voigt's narrative poem, Kyrie, an epic narrative poem that connects the people living and dying in the 1918-19 influenza pandemic. What the Germans called "Flanders Fever" spread with artillery shell speed through Europe, India, China and the United States as the War to end all Wars ended. Seven hundred people died on one bleak October day in Philadelphia. When it was over, half a million U.S. citizens had died in the epidemic--influenza killed as many servicemen as did mortal combat. In a single year, 25 percent of the U.S. population contracted influenza and one out of five never recovered. Voigt and Langer will be the readers for this composition for two readers and orchestra.
      Ticket holders are invited to attend a pre-concert discussion with Kenneth Langer from 6:50 p.m. to 7:20 p.m. in BFA Room A117.
      Support for the 2000 Made in Vermont Music Festival comes from grants from the Vermont Humanities Council, the Vermont Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. The St Albans concert is sponsored by Northwestern Medical Center, A. N. Deringer, The Stratevest Group, Central Vermont Public Service and the All Arts Council of Franklin County.
      VSO tickets are $17 for adults, $15 for seniors 65 or older, $10 for college students, and $8 for children under 18 from Better Planet Books Toys & Hobbies and at the door. The performance starts at 7:30 p.m.


      The complete Vermont Youth Orchestra, conducted by Music Director Troy Peters, returns to the Missisquoi Valley Union H.S. stage on Saturday evening, October 7 This VYO concert is an early edition of the annual All Arts Council and VYO orchestra series.
      VYO soloists Brian Lindgren, viola, and Jason Whitcomb, trumpet, will appear with 83 of Vermont's best young musicians performing a program of Bernstein, Arutunian, Walton, Prokofiev, and Tchaikovsky, including the Overture to West Side Story, Trumpet Concerto, Viola Concerto and Three Movements from Romeo & Juliet. The MVU Theater is the best acoustic space in Vermont.
      The concert on Saturday, October 7, will benefit youth programs run by the VYOA. General admission is $5, seniors (60+), students, and small children are FREE. Advance tickets are available at Jukebox CDs and Tapes in St Albans, Spears Pharmacy in Enosburg Falls, and Swanton Rexall in Swanton. E-mail the All Arts Council for more info.


      A new vocal group brings choral music to a new level in the state. Counterpoint features sopranos Claire Hungerford of St Albans and Colleen Campbell, tenors Eric Brooks and Roger Grow, altos Louise deCormier, Linda Radtke, and Melissa Chesnut-Tangerman, baritone Piero Bonamico, bass Brett Murphy, and composer-conductor (and VSO Chorus Director) Robert deCormier, singing programs that are fun.
      "Our first performance was at the beginning of this month," said Claire Hungerford.
      Counterpoint performs all over Vermont this weekend, in Middlebury at the Congregational Church on Friday at 7:30, at the Stowe Community Church on Saturday at 7:30, and again at the Manchester Congregational Church Sunday, October 1, at 4:00 p.m. The program offers music by Bernstein, Ravel, Billings, Britten, Dowland, Hindemith and Byrd. "Lots of stuff in French," Claire said. Tickets are $14 for adults and $7 for students. Children under 12 are free. Tickets are available at the door.


      This new section is a place for AAC members and other Franklin County people in the arts to brag. Sell a new work? Land new gig? E-mail the All Arts Council .
      Holiday House commissioned AAC artist and board member Alice Astleford to paint two portraits in oil for the beauty shop renovation. Alice says they have a Roaring Twenties glamour girl theme.
      Alice also took second place and most popular painting prizes at Champlain Valley Expo this year for Sunflowers and Butterflies and Sail Away and has logged the first sale from our Welcome Center exhibit.


      Get your act together for the annual Montgomery Variety Show, Friday and Saturday, October 6-7.


ST ALBANS--September is Literacy Month so Success By Six has "commissioned" children in each town to draw pictures of scenes from their favorite stories. Those pages have been assembled in this year's Big Book project, the Longest Big Book.
      The unveiling and celebration of the Longest Big Book takes place in City Hall, Friday at 6:30 p.m. The project is sponsored by Vermont Council on the Humanities, Success By Six, and AmeriCorps/VISTA.

JEFFERSONVILLE--The annual Jeffersonville Art Festival takes over the big tent by the maple outlet this Saturday and Sunday.

MONTGOMERY FALL BALL: Music by the Bombers is presented by the Irish American Club in the Crescent Theater, downtown Montgomery Center, Saturday evening at 9 p.m. Your $10 donation will benefit the Camp David/Riverwalk Park.


      More Than Once in a Blue Moon--Multiple Jobholdings by American Artists: The National Endowment for the Arts has released a landmark research report on artists' employment, specifically examining the multiple job holding or "moonlighting" that is common among artists in Vermont. The study compares artists' employment with that of other professions in a review of thirty years of information from Census Bureau monthly surveys.


      ArtBits features a quick weekly peek at the bookshelf or night stand of the folks you know in and around Franklin County. That popular feature has a page of its own at the Franklin County Bookshelf here on the AAC site.


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