Sage City presents youth concert

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BENNINGTON — On March 10 at 4:00 p.m., Sage City Symphony under the direction of Michael Finckel will present a free youth concert at Greenwall Auditorium in the VAPA Building at Bennington College, sponsored by Long Trail School in Dorset.

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 Sean Bottomms, Evan Coleman, Oisin Harrington, Nolan Hilliard, Liam Murphy, Jacob Schmidt, Jake Smith, and Jae VanDerWielen.

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.

Upcoming events in Sage City Symphony's remaining 2018-19 season include a Jazz Brunch on Saturday, May 18, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Park-McCullough House Carriage Barn in North Bennington with live music by The Leo Yucht Jazz Combo ($20 for adults, $10 for students, free for kids ages 12 and under); and a free Spring Concert the following day, May 19, at 4 p.m. at Greenwall Auditorium in the VAPA Building at Bennington College, featuring a world premiere of a work by local-boy-made-good Leo Yucht, an up-and-coming jazz percussionist now based in New York City; as well as Dvorak's Symphony No. 7.

About Sage City Symphony

Led by music director Michael Finckel for the past 25 years, Sage City Symphony was founded in 1972 as a community and college orchestra with close ties to Bennington College. In addition to performing traditional classical repertoire as well as contemporary music, the symphony commissions and premieres new pieces each year. The symphony attracts a high caliber of dedicated amateur as well as professional musicians who travel from throughout Vermont, New York, and Massachusetts for weekly rehearsals during the concert season. Auditions are not required, and academic credit is available for Bennington College students who participate. Information about joining the symphony is available at www.sagecitysymphony.org/join.htm.


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