Celebrating Three Centuries of American Women Composers


The Green Mountain Youth Symphony (GMYS) welcomes the change of seasons with two concerts  showcasing nearly 100 young musicians from Vermont and New Hampshire in three orchestras.

Special this semester, the Senior Orchestra has prepared a program focused on music composed by American women from the mid-1800s through 2014. This very special program was made possible by a generous grant from Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy (www.wophil.org).


At 3:30 pm, the GMYS Repertory and Concert Orchestras perform. Their program includes a wide varietyof music from Vaughn Williams, Brubaker and Rodgers to the themes from The Addams Family and Edward Scissorhands. The Repertory Orchestra, under the baton of Paul Perley, opens the concert followed by the Concert Orchestra, conducted by GMYS Artistic Director Robert Blais. Admission to the afternoon performance is by a suggested $5 donation at the door. Children under 18 are admitted free of charge.


At 7:00pm, the GMYS Senior Orchestra presents a full-length program of music composed by American women spanning three centuries. The program includes the entire, rarely heard ‘Gaelic’ Symphony in E minor by Mrs. H. H. A. Beach (premiered in 1896 in Boston). The 20th century is represented by a world premiere of Beth Anderson’s Revelation (composed in 1980). Three pieces from the current century are also on the program: Frontier Fancies by Barbara Harbach, featuring violinist Zachary Acosta; Briskly Sunny by Erin Magill; and Hidden Mountains by Eileen Kocherlakota. Miss Magill and Miss Kocherlakota composed their music as part of the Music-COMP mentoring program here in Vermont (www.Music-COMP.org).

Tickets for the evening performance are available through the Barre Opera House Box Office www.barreoperahouse.org or (802) 476-8188.
Advance purchase pricing: $15 for Adults, $10 for children under 18.
Tickets prices at the door will be $18 for Adults and $12 for children, so purchase your tickets early!
Ticket holders for the evening concert are welcome to join us for the afternoon concert at no additional charge - simply present your ticket at the door.


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