By Robert Eddy
Saturday, March 26 at 7:30 p.m. — Central Vermont’s critically and audience acclaimed chamber music ensemble returns to Brandon Music on March 26 at 7:30 p.m. with a concert of varied and entertaining music for piano, voice, and viola. Arioso will perform music of Granados, Ives, Saint-Saens, Shostakovich, Hoiby and Vermont composer Kathy Eddy. All the works on the program have an animal title or theme. The featured work is the premiere of “A Child’s Book of Animals” by Worcester composer Michael Close. The success of Close’s last year’s “Cheese Songs” led him to create for Arioso a song cycle which includes sinuous melodies of octopus, a rapping swan, the seagull’s fishing expedition, and the somnolent philosophy of the sloth. It is the mission of Arioso to highlight new works by contemporary Vermont composers in all the group’s concerts.
The members of Arioso are Elizabeth Reid, viola; Alison Cerutti, piano; and Linda Radtke, voice. The group was formed in 2008, and debuted in May 2009, sponsored by the Paine Mountain Arts Council in Northfield and Cathedral Arts in Burlington.
“Deeply beautiful…simply a pleasure,” wrote Jim Lowe of the Barre-Montpelier Times-Argus.
This event is a part of Vermont Arts 2016, celebrating public funding for the arts.
Concert tickets are $20. Reservations are recommended for the show. Dessert is available. Venue is BYOB. Call 802-247-4295 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations or for more information. Brandon Music is located at 62 Country Club Road, Brandon. Visit online at www.brandon-music.net.