Listening Locally in Vermont
January 25, 2008
A new take on local fever: Vermont’s Windham Orchestra is encouraging area patrons to live small, musically speaking. The Orchestra’s Listen Local series showcases the music of composers who hail from the Green Mountain State, reports Jon Potter of the Brattleboro Reformer.
The brainchild of music director David Runnion, the Listen Local series not only offers Vermonters the opportunity to hear music by their native sons and daughters, but it gives them a peek at contemporary music as well. Says Runnion: “Somebody said orchestras were museums. Museums are wonderful, but so are workshops. … By doing a concert of local composers, we get to hear music not written by an Austrian from two centuries ago, but music by our neighbors.”
Doesn’t get much more local than that.