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.

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2 Responses to “Listening Locally in Vermont”

  1. Wonderful! Glad to learn these efforts are springing up through out the country. The Iowa Composers Forum recently teamed up with the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony to host an entire concert of new orchestral music by Iowa-connected composers. Are you aware of the general audience’s response to this Listen Local series?

  2. That’s fantastic, Ralph. Championing new music is very important. As far as reception goes for the Listen Local series: It received some nice community support, enough that the orchestra reprised the series this January. Plus, the Brattleboro Town Select Board named January 25, 2009, “Listen Local Day.”

    Keep up the good work in Iowa!

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