As planned, Juno comes to a gracious, natural end. Even with the ravages of the pandemic, the havoc it played on all our lives, Juno finds her end after a wonderful five-year run. Thanks to all who helped along the way.

Now, we look to early June for this final push of the Juno Orchestra Project, featuring a concert NOT at the Brattleboro Music Center, a concert that does NOT turn toward the inclusive language being explored by so many cultural institutions these days, a concert that may NOT be the last you hear of Juno (we still hope to mount a final gathering for the Juno Singles Project).

But a final celebration nonetheless!

Join us! Mark your calendars! Friday, June 10, 7:30 p.m. at Persons Auditorium at the former Marlboro College, the happy, new home of the Marlboro Music Festival. (Juno will perform at Persons the weekend before the Festival teams arrive to set up for the summer season.)

Juno is thrilled to present a program featuring three remarkable pieces:

Jean Sibelius Impromptu for Strings after Op. 5, No. 5 and 6
Franz Joseph Haydn Symphony No. 92, Oxford
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Symphony No. 41, Jupiter

Why these three pieces?

The Sibelius, a wondrous discovery for Juno, shone as a small, beautiful gem, inviting a look inward. Of all the works Juno introduced during its tenure, this piece seems to have stirred the most wonder. It is fitting to offer it once more, especially with all that we are still living through.

The Haydn because I want to share the very first Haydn symphony I ever played in a professional setting. Young, discovering so much so quickly, I was utterly delighted, and chuckled right out loud at Haydn’s brilliance and wit. If I did not understand prior, I grasped then that great music need not first be serious, but could crackle with humor and cajole with good-hearted invitation. The entire symphony, start to finish, has been a top-line favorite of mine ever since.

The Mozart because, well, Juno and Jupiter were spouses, or siblings, or something–certainly deeply entwined, no matter which myth you’re conjuring. Juno Orchestra eventually simply HAD to perform Mozart’s final symphony. Why not in its final concert?! We do so with reverence as well as sparkling delight!

The orchestrations for the Haydn and Mozart are conveniently identical and larger than any used by Juno before. So, yet again, we are thrilled for this opportunity to showcase the remarkably talented musical forces in this region.

Tickets for the concert are available here (scroll down) and on the Brattleboro Music Center website.

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