Concert: Juno Orchestra
Juno in June! (Juno Orchestra)
Juno Orchestra is Vermont's newest chamber orchestra. Established in the fall of 2017, Juno will present two concerts featuring two quite different works by Franz Joseph Haydn. Haydn wrote Symphony 59, "The Fire" when he was 35, then composed his second Cello Concerto nearly 20 years later. The program also includes an unusual concerto grosso by English composer Charles Avison, composed in 1744. The work is unusual in that it is based on keyboard sonatas of Italian keyboard virtuoso Domenico Scarlatti. The program also includes a short, evocative work, called Petroglyph, by New Mexico composer Michael Mauldin, written in 1978.
For the cello concerto, Juno Orchestra will feature cellist Eric Bartlett, long-time member of the New York Philharmonic. Bartlett grew up in Marlboro and received his earliest musical training in this region. Bartlett's music al influences include Blanche Moyse, founder of the Brattleboro Music Center, George Finckel, formerly of Bennington College, and Leopold Teraspulsky at UMass Amherst. In addition to his engagement with the New York Philharmonic, Bartlett is also a member of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and Speculum Musicae, an American chamber ensemble dedicated to contemporary music. (Extended bio below.)
"We are thrilled indeed to work with Eric, especially on the Haydn D Major, such a magnificent piece," said music director Zon Eastes. "Eric heard Juno's inaugural concert last September, and gave an enthusiastic Yes to the prospect of performing with Juno."
Among Juno's goals is a commitment to featuring soloists at work in the musical world, but who grew up and received formative training in this area. Another of Juno's commitment is the middle symphonies of Franz Joseph Haydn, written during his so-called Sturm und Drangperiod (storm and stress), a five-year period in his mid- to late-30s.
The June concerts introduce Haydn's Symphony 59, in A Major, called "The Fire." "There is just no getting around the idea that Haydn was probably a delightful human being. His music is packed with compelling, vibrant musical ideas; intelligent, masterful, and witty. His sense of humor is absolutely first rate."
Concerts take place on Saturday, June 9, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 10, 3 p.m. at the Brattleboro Music Center, 72 Blanche Moyse Way, Brattleboro, Vermont. Tickets range in price from $10 to $40, and can be purchased by calling the BMC, 802.257.4523. This concert is part of Vermont Arts 2018.
For more information, visit junoorchestra.org or call 802-380-9550.
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