Spring Concert Sunday May 21 at 4pm

Greenwall Auditorium in the VAPA Building, Bennington College


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For our final performance of the season, Michael Finckel will return and lead the orchestra in performing Shostakovich Symphony No. 10 and Primal Waves, a new work by Bruce Hobson.

This performance will be followed by our Annual Fundraising Dinner, with a variety of home-made food contributed by Board members and local supporters. There will be a cash bar for wine and beer.

All concerts are free and open to the public. The venue is handicapped accessible and parking is free. Sage City Symphony relies entirely on contributions and grants.

Primal Waves by Bruce Hobson

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Bruce Hobson has long been recognized as one of Vermont's outstanding composers. His Trio 1966 was among the seven works selected to represent Vermont at a Bicentennial concert at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The concert included a chamber work by Louis Calabro (1926–1991), the founding music director of the Sage City Symphony. For their first commission of the new millennium, the symphony selected Hobson to compose his Mountain Paths.

Born in Hartford, Connecticut in 1943, Hobson first studied music at The Hartt School of Music, then at Columbia College in New York City and New England Conservatory in Boston. Robert Schulslaper of Fanfare Magazine has summarized Hobson's musical odyssey as follows: "Composer, teacher, record producer, and Internet radio broadcaster [2007 to 2016]. . . Bruce Hobson lives a very full musical life in Vermont. . . He's inspired by nature, yet his vocabulary is cosmopolitan. He balances his instinctive emotional approach with a keen interest in the physics of sound. . . ."

Recordings of Hobson's compositions are available from iTunes, Amazon MP3, Google Play, and many others. His works are published and recorded by Equinox Music, whose website is at equinoxmusic.com.

From the composer...
The title Primal Waves represents what I believe are the effortlessly hearable and fundamental patterns and shapes of musical sound. One of the foremost wavelike alternations in this composition can be heard in the continuous ebb and flow of loudness: sometimes sudden but more often gradual.

When we hear the combinations of the patterns of sound in nature and everyday life, we perceive them and hear them as coincidental or random. However, my goal in Primal Waves is to compose several musical wave forms and pulsations that join together to create simple proportions that correspond to the shapes and experience of emotion in the listener.

The musical texture throughout the work is made up of melody and accompaniment. Both Parts 1 and 2 end on a high point of loudness and a hight point of the contour of the melody, and both parts contain the same alternation of the same moderate and slow tempos. Among the ways I vary the parts is with rocking two note figurations in Part 1 and repeated notes in Part 2.


Sage City Symphony Earned the 2014 Walloomsac Award

This award, created in 1991, is presented by the Bennington Museum for outstanding contributions to the community in the field of art, history or education. Thank you to the Board and staff of the Bennington Museum for this recognition!


Thanks to Our Sponsors


We thank the following businesses for sponsoring our concerts.

For the 2016-2017 Season:
Karl Brosch and Ralph Thomas, sponsors for the Youth Concert on March 19 2017
Teru Simon, Sponsor of the Winter Chamber Concert on February 19 2017
Heide Soons, sponsor of the Fall concert on November 12 2016

For the 2015-2016 Season:
Ralph Thomas and Karl Brosch, sponsors of the Spring Concert on May 22 2016
Ann and Peter Seidman and Catherine Hall-Schor In memory of my husband Joe Schor, sponsors of the Youth Concert on March 13 2016.
Bank of Bennnington, sponsor of the Winter Chamber Concert on February 14 2016
People's United Bank, sponsor of the Fall Concert on November 15 2015.

For the 2014-2015 Season:
Jack Dawkins, sponsor of the Spring Concert on May 17 2015.
Karl Brosch and Ralph Thomas, sponsors of the Chamber Concert on February 1 2015.
One World Conservation Center, sponsor of the November 16 New England Connections Concert.

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.