Zon Eastes, music director
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Juno in June! (Juno Orchestra)
Juno Orchestra is Vermont’s newest chamber orchestra. Established in the fall of 2017, Juno will present two concerts featuring two quite different works by Franz Joseph Haydn. Haydn wrote Symphony 59, “The Fire” when he was 35, then composed his second Cello Concerto nearly 20 years later. The program also includes an unusual concerto grosso by English composer Charles Avison, composed in 1744. The work is unusual in that it is based on keyboard sonatas of Italian keyboard virtuoso Domenico Scarlatti. The program also includes a short, evocative work, called Petroglyph, by New Mexico composer Michael Mauldin, written in 1978.
For the cello concerto, Juno Orchestra will feature cellist Eric Bartlett, long-time member of the New York Philharmonic. Bartlett grew up in Marlboro and received his earliest musical training in this region. Bartlett’s music al influences include Blanche Moyse, founder of the Brattleboro Music Center, George Finckel, formerly of Bennington College, and Leopold Teraspulsky at UMass Amherst. In addition to his engagement with the New York Philharmonic, Bartlett is also a member of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and Speculum Musicae, an American chamber ensemble dedicated to contemporary music. (Extended bio below.)
“We are thrilled indeed to work with Eric, especially on the Haydn D Major, such a magnificent piece,” said music director Zon Eastes. “Eric heard Juno’s inaugural concert last September, and gave an enthusiastic Yes to the prospect of performing with Juno.”
Among Juno’s goals is a commitment to featuring soloists at work in the musical world, but who grew up and received formative training in this area. Another of Juno’s commitment is the middle symphonies of Franz Joseph Haydn, written during his so-called Sturm und Drang period (storm and stress), a five-year period in his mid- to late-30s.
The June concerts introduce Haydn’s Symphony 59, in A Major, called “The Fire.” “There is just no getting around the idea that Haydn was probably a delightful human being. His music is packed with compelling, vibrant musical ideas; intelligent, masterful, and witty. His sense of humor is absolutely first rate.”
Concerts take place on Saturday, June 9, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 10, 3 p.m. at the Brattleboro Music Center, 72 Blanche Moyse Way, Brattleboro, Vermont. Tickets range in price from $10 to $40, and can be purchased by calling the BMC, 802.257.4523. This concert is part of Vermont Arts 2018.
For more information, visit www.junoorchestra.org or call 802.380.9550.
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Saturday, June 9, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 10, 3 p.m.
Brattleboro Music Center, 72 Blanche Moyse Way, Brattleboro
Charles Avison Concerto Grosso No. 5 in D minor
Haydn Cello Concerto in D Major, Eric Bartlett, cello
Michael Mauldin Petroglyph
Haydn Symphony No. 59 in A Major, The Fire
$40, $20, $10. Available 802.257.4523 or online: https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=bmcvt
Cellist Eric Bartlett grew up in Marlboro, Vermont and received his earliest musical training in the southern Vermont area. He is now a member of the New York Philharmonic, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and Speculum Musicae, all in New York. His solo appearances include the Cabrillo Festival, the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, the Anchorage Symphony, the Hartford Chamber Orchestra, the Aspen and Julliard Orchestras and the New York Philharmonic’s Horizons ’84 series. Bartlett is the recipient of a Solo Recitalist’s Award from the National Endowment for the Arts and a special Performance Award as a finalist of the 1987 New England Conservatory/ Piatigorsky Award. Bartlett has participated in over ninety premieres with ensembles such as Speculum Musicae, the New York New Music Ensemble, The Group for Contemporary Music, and the Columbia String Quartet, and he has commissioned new works for the cello from American composers. Bartlett has performed at the Mostly Mozart, Marlboro, Aspen Adirondack, Grand Teton and Waterloo Music festivals, and has been a regular participant at the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival since 1996. From 1984 until he joined the New York Philharmonic in 1997 Mr. Bartlett served as both the principal cellist of the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra and co-principal of Orpheus, and for two seasons was also guest principal of the American Ballet Theatre Orchestra. Bartlett’s early teachers included George Finckel, Blanche Honegger Moyse, and Leopold Teraspulsky. He was awarded full scholarships to both the Curtis Institute of Music and The Juilliard School and received both his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Juilliard where he was a student of Leonard Rose and Channing Robbins. He teaches Orchestra Repertoire at the Juilliard School and is the lead coach of the Juilliard Chamber Orchestra.