Silent Auction at the Fall Concert


Come with the holidays in mind!


There will be a Silent Auction during the November 16 performance for the benefit of Sage City Symphony. It will feature gift certificates to local restaurants and shops that might ease your holiday preparations, or at least buy you the coffee to survive it.

Fall Concert Sunday Nov 16 2014


4pm in Greenwall Auditorium (VAPA Bldg) at Bennington College


This season's fall concert celebrates American composers. We will be playing Whoopie in D (for woodwinds) by Henry Brant, Kora Saba: For Djembe and Chamber Orchestra by Michael Wimberly and Three Places in New England by Charles Ives.

Michael Wimberly, Kora Saba: For Djembe and Chamber Orchestra


Photo by Andreia Luis

Kora Saba is a work inspired from a Malinke song called 'Saba Minea Ba', which I was introduced to by composer John McDowell and his world music group Mamma Tongue. I was commissioned to compose a piece for the Yakima Chamber Orchestra in 2010, and chose to explore this beautiful West African melody from this ancient Malinke song.

The word 'Saba' is an ancient kingdom in northwestern Arabia known for its trade in gold and spices, and is also the biblical name of Sheba in southwestern Arabia. There are many definitions of Saba that date back hundreds of years BC. But 'Saba Minea Ba', the song, is a song about a large python. The song's story reflects on how the python stays in the same place in a big hole in the ground and how its behavior mimics that of the elders in the village.

The djembe drum, which is the featured instrument in Kora Saba, is a hand carved instrument from West Africa associated with the Malinke caste of blacksmiths known as the Numu. The Djembe dates back to 1230 AD from the Mali Empire, which includes, Guinea, Gambia, Senegal, Ivory Cost and Burkina Faso. The Djembe is carved from a tree trunk, covered with goatskin and laced with rope, which produces a range of highs, miss and low tones when struck.

Complete notes and further biographical information on Michael Wimberly..


Performance Dates for 2015


The performance dates for the remainder of the 2014-15 season are as follows: Winter Chamber Concert on Sunday February 1 2015, Youth Concert on Sunday March 15 2015 and Spring Concert on Sunday May 17 2015. All perfomances are at 4pm.

Thanks to Our Sponsors


We thank the following businesses for sponsoring our concerts.

For the 2013-14 season: Berkshire Bank, sponsor of the May 18 2014 concert, Prime Lending of Bennington VT, sponsor of the November 17 2013 concert; Maxine Newman, sponsor of the February 16 2014 concert, Sarah Tenney and the Board of Sage City Symphony, sponsors of the March 16 Youth Concert.

For the 2012-2013 season: Bank of Bennington, sponsor of the May 19 2013 40th anniversary concert Stewarts' Shops, sponsor of the March 17 2013 Youth Concert; The Board of Sage City Symphony, sponsor of the Chamber Concert on February 17 2013 and Merchants Bank, sponsor of the December 2 2012 fall concert.

For the 2011-2012 season: TD Bank, Bennington, sponsor of the May 13 2012 Spring Concert; E.P. Mahar and Sons Funeral Home, Madison Brewing Company, and State Farm Insurance (James Thibodeau), sponsors for the March 18 2012 Youth Concert; Board of Sage City Symphony, sponsor of the February 12 2012 chamber concert; and People's United Bank, sponsor of our Fall Concert on November 13 2011. Thanks to Mount Anthony Union High School and Bennington College for providing performance space, and band director Marj Rooen of MAUHS and staff of Bennington College for use of percussion equipment.