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VSO Sunday Matinee Series presents “Youth and Beauty”

RUTLAND-The Vermont Symphony Orchestra is unique because it is the oldest (and one of very few) state supported orchestras in the country. The orchestra is presenting a 3 p.m. matinee performance on Sunday, Jan. 20 at the Paramount Theater in Rutland. This event, entitled "Youth and Beauty," is the second of three performed in Rutland. It was preceded by the Holiday Pops in December and it will be followed by another concert on March 10.  

The orchestra will perform Zoltán Kodály's "Summer Evening", Edward Elgar's "Cello Concerto" and Felix Mendelsshon's "Symphony no. 5 Reformation". The "Summer Evening" part of the show will feature a mixed media presentation. Marketing director, Amy Caldwell explains, "We have a series of artists who painted as inspired by a piece of music which the orchestra will play. Their artwork has been formatted into a visual presentation that will be projected above the orchestra as they play. The original artworks will be on display inside the Paramount and the artists will be present as well."

The cello concerto will feature 19 year old Cicely Parnas. Caldwell says, "she just won the Concert Artist Series International Audition first prize. That award is going to catapult her into the big leagues. We might not see her in our state again." Critics and teachers have called Parnas "a talent that comes along once in a generation" and "one of the finest young artists today." Leading the day's performance will be Jaime Laredo as conductor and music director.

The lovingly restored Paramount Theater is ideal for a grand event like this. Caldwell says, "We love to the Paramount. Everybody thinks the acoustics are great there and the artists love the stage. The patrons in Rutland are wonderful, you couldn't ask for better patrons. We have a great working relationship with The Paramount. It's really nice to work with those folks. It's nice to be playing in central Vermont because we can draw from a lot of areas in the state. We have built quite a little patronage over the years."  Go to paramountvt.org to buy tickets because these matinees often sell out. Tickets range from $9-30, also available at the Box Office at 802-775-0903.