A collaboration of the Montpelier Chamber Orchestra and Vermont-born Violinist, Jesse Irons, the orchestra presents two concerts in Montpelier (November 16th & 17th), and one open rehearsal (pending funding) at the Waterbury State Office Complex (November 14th).
Born in Berlin, Vermont, Jesse Irons has been praised by the Baltimore Sun as a “polished and sensitive” violinist, his performances “moving… with a perfect mix of passion and precision.” (Baltimore Magazine) He received undergraduate and graduate degrees from Baltimore’s Peabody Conservatory, serving as graduate assistant in chamber music. Jesse’s many wonderful teachers include Pamela Frank and Nicholas Kitchen. Jesse is a founder of the self-conducted orchestra A Far Cry, and has appeared in concerts across the United States and Europe, as well as in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Singapore. His playing was described as "insinuating" by the New York Times, and he's pretty sure they meant it in a good way. Mr. Irons enjoys exploring music outside the classical mainstream, and has performed with touring Broadway musicals, Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, as well as with new-music luminaries Alarm Will Sound. His baroque-violin-playing alter ego appears with the Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Baroque, and numerous small ensembles around Boston, including the recently formed quintet Gut Reaction. Jesse will mentor the string sections of the orchestra and perform with the full orchestra, as well.
The orchestra invites the public to experience a rehearsal with Jesse and the orchestra at the Waterbury State Office Complex Atrium, on November 14th, from 7-9 pm. This is a unique opportunity to sit with the orchestra in a public space that exemplifies a modern aesthetic and sense of place. Anne Decker, Music Director, initially spotted this space while walking with her father this spring, and desired to make it a place where music could be experienced in front of a mural designed by artist Sarah-Lee Terrat. “I’d really like to make this an accessible experience for the community, including those working at the State Complex and those residing in Waterbury,” says Decker.
“We are excited to offer this rehearsal in a space that will give access to those interested in seeing and hearing a professional soloist work with a community orchestra in an inspired space,” says Board President, and Principal Bassoonist, Laura Fried, who for years worked in the Waterbury downtown area, and, like Decker and several other musicians, lives in Waterbury. “We hope folks will take the opportunity to sit above and beside the orchestra and take advantage of this unique space. And we hope to attract musicians who may be interested in learning more about playing with our orchestra.,” The MCO is currently a lean orchestra, due in part to some musicians recently retiring and moving South.
Performances are November 14th, Thursday 7pm - Waterbury State Office Complex (free and open rehearsal and Q&A) and November 16th 7 pm Unitarian Church Montpelier and November 17th 4 pm Unitarian Church Montpelier. Tickets are free for ages 12 and under, and $10 for adults and $5 for students and elders at Montpelier concert location.
November 14th at 7 pm November 16th at 7 pm and November 17th at 4 pm
Waterbury State Office Complex (Rehearsal and Q&A)
Unitarian Church, Montpelier, VT
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