A collaboration of the Green Mountain Film Festival, the Montpelier Chamber Orchestra and Composer Erik Nielsen and students, come listen to new works scored for silent films. Montpelier Chamber Orchestra, Music-COMP and Green Mountain Film Festival present brand-new orchestral compositions as live soundtracks to the movies The Metropolis, La Glu, and Prince Achmed Acts IV and V. This project will also serve as professional development for the orchestra, working with new compositions, living composers, and accompanying film. Mr. Nielsen has composed for the silent film, Prince Achmed.
Students are currently working with the mentoring program, Music-COMP (Music Composition Mentoring Program), a non-profit organization supporting young composers in schools and organizations across Vermont. As each student creates an original piece of music, they are paired with a professional composer as their mentor to receive guidance and support. Many former Music-COMP students have pursued careers as composers, musicians and educators in addition to winning regional and national awards for their work.
Performances are March 22, Friday 7pm - Essex, T-Rex Cinema and March 23, Saturday 7 pm - Chapel at Vermont College of Fine Arts. Tickets are free for ages 12 and under, and $12-$15 for adults.
Drew Frankenberg is a 9th-grade student from West Rutland. He is writing a score to a portion of The Metropolis. Drew writes of himself: “My name is Drew Frankenberg. I am a freshman homeschool student who participates in the West Rutland music program. I started composing when I was in sixth grade. My first true composition was selected by the Music COMP to be performed live by professional musicians in the Opus 32. I play clarinet, piano, saxophone, guitar, ukulele and am learning flute. I am honored to be selected for this project, and am very thankful to all of my music teachers, especially to Erik Nielsen and Matt LaRocca for giving me this amazing opportunity. Other than music I enjoy soccer, skiing, rock climbing, biking, and karate.”
Anna Halladay is a high school senior from Burlington and she will be creating a score to La Glu. Anna Halladay writes of herself: “My name is Anna Halladay, and I am a senior at Burlington High School. I play cello in the Vermont Youth Orchestra, as well as bass guitar in my school's jazz band. During my free time, I enjoy swimming, softball, and hiking with my dog, Lucy. I have participated in the Music-COMP online mentoring program since 5th grade, and I'm excited to present my first film score!”
March 22nd and March 23rd at 7 pm
T-Rex Theater, Essex Cinemas, Essex, VT
VCFA, Montpelier, VT
Tickets go on sale soon!
Saturday, May 4th
North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier VT
Fall Program: ¡ VIVA LA MARIMBA !
Marimba soloist Jane Boxall and the Montpelier Chamber Orchestra at the Vermont College of Fine Arts Chapel performed two FREE, all-age uplifting performances. Boxall performed the Concerto para Marimba y Orchestra No. 1, Op. 20 (1957) by Guatemalan composer Jorge Sarmientos. MCO Artistic Director, Anne Decker, led the orchestra in other contemporary music by Latin and South American composers, including Alberto Ginastera's Estancia op. 8 - Dances from Estancia op. 8a (Argentina, 1941), and Diana Syrse's Colección de Realidades (Mexico, 2012). Finishing off the concert was Franz Schubert’s Symphony No. 8, D. 759, B minor (Unfinished).
Our Board meets on the first Monday of each month. Interested in donating your time to promoting the growth and sustainability of a treasured Central Vermont arts organization? Contact us today to learn more about how to contribute!
First Monday of Each Month, 5:30 pm
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