Zon Eastes, music director
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Juno Orchestra announces two concerts to open the month of June. Entitled “Discoveries,” the four works on the June program are likely new to most concertgoers. “Even the two pieces composed over 200 years ago,” offered music director Zon Eastes.
Juno Orchestra, closing out its second season, is Vermont’s newest professional chamber orchestra and is in residence at the Brattleboro Music Center.
“From the outset, this Juno particular program promises a veritable feast of newness,” Eastes mused. “We are especially thrilled to introduce a commissioned work by composer Paul Dedell, titled ‘Serenity.’ Together, the orchestra and audiences will discover Dedell’s take on New England’s seasons.”
“I’ve been inspired by the life and words of Henry David Thoreau,” noted Dedell, as he spoke about the development of the new work. “I’ve been struck by the vitality of Thoreau’s language and impressions. It’s a special opportunity indeed to contemplate ways to highlight Juno’s special strengths.”
In addition to this newly composed piece, Juno will present a string symphony composed by variously talented Englishman William Herschel, the astronomer who discovered the planet Uranus. Herschel, not commonly known in U.S. concert halls but widely recognized in the world of astronomy, composed more than 20 striking symphonies. Symphony No. 8 in D minor is arresting in its “Sturm und Drang” (storm and stress) expressivity and coloration.
Juno offers local audiences another discovery in a rarely heard work by Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. ‘Impromptu,’ created in 1894 for string orchestra, melds two early piano pieces into a thoughtful ABA song form. “This piece strikes me as so completely at rest, with warm remembrances. I’m eager for our audiences to hear this small gem,” said Eastes.
The fourth work in the upcoming program is Haydn’s 43rd Symphony in E-flat Major, “Mercury.” Certainly another example of Haydn’s “Strum und Drang” period – and splendidly non-uniform – this forty-third symphony offers warm-hearted insights into Haydn’s perennial wit and compositional inventiveness. Audiences will discover Haydn’s perspective on procrastination, crackling speed, perfectly well-mannered over-repetition, and simple, unadorned loveliness. Though the “Mercury’ nickname has no real connection to the piece (it was added much later, in the 19th century), the title offers a friendly nod to to astronomer and composer William Herschel.
Concerts take place on Saturday, June 1 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 2 at 4 p.m. at the Brattleboro Music Center, Brattleboro, Vermont. Tickets range in price from $10 to $40, and can be purchased by calling the BMC, 802.257.4523.
For more information, visit www.junoorchestra.org or call 802.380.9550.
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Saturday, June 1, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 2, 4 p.m.
Brattleboro Music Center, 72 Blanche Moyse Way, Brattleboro
Paul Dedell, Serenity
William Herschel, Symphony No. 8 in D minor
Jean Sibelius, Impromptu, Op. 5
Franz Joseph Haydn, Symphony No. 43 in E-flat Major, “Mercury”
$40, $20, $10. Available 802.257.4523 or online: https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=bmcvt