We offer highly interactive performances of selections from our concert repertoire to local school children.
Very Open Rehearsals
This is an opportunity to participate in our rigorous rehearsal process from the early stages. Community members are encouraged to interrupt the rehearsal to ask questions as the musicians work. Come with a curious mind about how live music is created. Past Very Open Rehearsals have taken place at the Warren Town Hall, Warren United Church, Jaquith Public Library, and at the home of artistic directors Mary and Evan.
Members of our email list are invited to spontaneous gatherings at the home of artistic directors Mary and Evan. A potluck dinner is followed by an in-depth exploration of one of the pieces of concert repertoire. Past House Happenings have included a personal exploration of Robert Schumann’s Frauenlieben und --Leben and a Halloween costume party featuring Arnold Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire by jack-o-lantern light. Make sure to join our mailing list to receive invitations.
Composer in residence program.
This residency project took place over the course of four separate weeks during our 2013-2014 season. During the residency, Vermonters engaged directly with composer Lembit Beecher learning about his heritage, his influences, his musicianship, and his compositional style. Beecher’s music was featured throughout the season and we commissioned him to compose a piece for our season finale. We gathered the performers and composer for a dedicated week for workshopping the commissioned piece and also sponsored a “very open composing session with the public.” The commissioned work, Looking at Spring: Meditations on Again, was premiered May 2014. The text was distilled from interviews of Vermonters by librettist Liza Balkan. Click here for more information.
We are passionate about our community and seek to become a vital organization for the arts in central Vermont! Come be a part!