Sage City Symphony Winter Concert features both classical and modern music
BENNINGTON — On Sunday, Feb. 2, at 4 p.m., Sage City Symphony will present a free concert sponsored by the symphony's board president, Karl Brosch, at Greenwall Auditorium in the VAPA Building at Bennington College.
Under the direction of longtime conductor Michael Finckel, the program will include Beethoven's Symphony No. 2 in D Major Op. 21, Handel's Concerto Grosso Op. 6 No. 1 in G Major, and Table of Toys and Numbers (2012) by Bennington College composer Nicholas Brooke.Brooke creates music across disciplines, from collages of recordings with live theatre to home-built instrumentariums inspired by gamelan. His work has been performed across the United States and in Europe and has been featured at the Lincoln Center Festival, the Ecstatic Music Festival, the Spoleto Festival, and the MATA Series. His instrumental compositions have been performed by Talujon, Bang-on-a-Can All Stars, the Paul Dresher Ensemble, the Nash Ensemble of London, Orchestra 2001, Dan Druckman, Speculum Musicae, Sekar Anu, and New York's Gamelan Son of Lion. He has received awards and residencies from the Guggenheim Foundation, ASCAP, the Rockefeller Foundation, Djerassi, and the MacDowell Colony, among others. During a two-year fellowship to Central Java, he studied gamelan and collaborated on musical projects with Javanese composers, dancers, and visual artists. Brooke holds degrees in music composition and philosophy from Oberlin College and a PhD from Princeton University; he has taught at Bennington College since 2004.
Upcoming performances for Sage City Symphony's 2019-20 concert season include a "South of the Border" Youth Concert on March 8 and a Spring Concert and Annual Dinner on May 17.
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 and 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.
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