RUTLAND-Many members of the audience had just come off the
Killington ski slopes for the late Sunday afternoon performance of
the Vermont Symphony Orchestra at the Paramount Theater in Rutland.
They entered a new world of coral walls with white gold trim.
Slowly their voices changed and they shifted from talk of the day's
activities to the expectations about the performers and concert
The Program began with three concertos for two violins and
strings-pieces by J.S. Bach, Philip Glass and David Ludwig-played
by Jamie Laredo, music director and Jennifer Koh, a former student.
Each played a part and then shared the music producing a remarkable
flowing sound. Koh, a world traveled virtuoso, was responsible for
organizing this part of the program, including the financing.
25-year-old Vinay Parameswaran of Curtis Institute conducted the
pieces and remarked that probably the Glass concerto was the
hardest for him because it contained an 18-minute passage in which
the music does not change.
Composer David Ludwig's "Season's Lost" reflected the
four seasons and the damage of global warming. This piece was
rewritten for this program. The music was powerful, especially the
section on Winter. It was amazing to see a living composer who's
interest in the music and in the orchestra's presentation was so
It was the last composition conducted by Laredo, the Mozart
Symphony No. 40 in G Minor that brought the greatest applause. The
audience showed appreciation for the Mozart piece and for the
unusual and challenging program the Music Director had brought
I thought, while we were applauding, of those in the audience
who support the VSO in many small ways and how they made this
Sunday evenings possible. The audience still wrapped in the music
poured out of the theater into the unexpected brightness of the
daylight. VSO members and friends walked over to Three Tomatoes for
a glass of wine and perhaps later a salad or plate of mussels and
to re-live the evening all over again.