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VSO at the Paramount: Paradise and Light

Oct 30 2022

3:00 PM

Tickets: $20, $32 + tax/fees

Students – all seats: $10 + tax/fees

Please join us for a half hour pre-concert show from 2-2:30pm, with the Paradise and Light concert commencing at 3pm.

Children Under 12 free with an accompanying adult. Please call the Box Office at 802-775-0903 or email boxoffice@paramountvt.org to purchase an adult + child ticket.

At long last the VSO Chorus rejoins the Orchestra for a return to the Paramount including two fascinating choral works. The concert features the world premiere of Dr. Matthew Evan Taylor‘s piece, from despair … Light!, which forms part of his African American Requiem Series. from despair…Light! explores gospel choral traditions of hymn lining, touching on themes of grief, loss, and shared healing. Vaughan Williams’ Toward the Unknown Region, set to poetry by Walt Whitman, celebrates the spirit of youthful adventure. These choral pieces in the first half are accompanied by a subtly nuanced work for strings by Augusta Read Thomas, a self-described poet-composer based in Chicago. VSO Music Director candidate James Burton concludes the evening with Dvorak’s richly melodic Symphony No. 7, which the composer hoped would be “capable of stirring the world.”


Matthew Evan Taylor – from despair…Light! 

Augusta Read Thomas –  Of Paradise and Light

Vaughan Williams – Toward the Unknown Region

Dvorak – Symphony No. 7


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