Arts, Dining & Entertainment

Champlain Philharmonic to showcase Russian music masters

Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 22-23—POULTNEY, MIDDLEBURY—The Champlain Philharmonic will return to Ackley Hall at Green Mountain College in Poultney on Oct. 22 at 7:30 p.m, and the Mahaney Center for the Arts at Middlebury College on Oct. 23 at 4 p.m. to present a rousing set of works by some of the great Russian composers: Tchaikovsky, Borodin, and Prokofiev.
The orchestra will be led by guest conductor Matthew LaRocca. LaRocca teaches theory and composition at Saint Michael’s College, directs the South Burlington Choir and is assistant director of Music-COMP, an organization that teaches composition to hundreds of students throughout Vermont.
Featured on the program will be Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 performed by 18-year-old piano virtuoso, Gareth Cordery. Cordery is currently a freshman at Middlebury College and studies with Diana Fanning. As a rising young artist he has performed on both piano and cello and was recently the guest soloist (on piano) with the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra in Bemidji, Minn.
The orchestra will also perform “In the Steppes of Central Asia” by Borodin, “Montagues and Capulets” from Prokofiev’s “Romeo and Juliet,” “Suite No. 2” and Tchaikovsky’s “Capriccio Italienne.”
Tickets are available at the door for both performances for $15 general admission, $10 seniors, and $5 students. Advance tickets for the Middlebury performance may be purchased by calling 802-443-MIDD (6433) or online at For more info. visit

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