Young composers bridge the gap of artistry and imagination
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BRATTLEBORO- On Sunday, March 24 at 3 pm, the Windham Orchestra, under the direction of Hugh Keelan, continues its commitment to offering extraordinary opportunities for young artists and music lovers with “Pathways to Imagination and Performance” at the Latchis Theater in Brattleboro..

From masterworks to the local works of the community’s young composers, the Windham Orchestra performs a medley of original compositions by elementary and middle school students. This unique opportunity creates a pathway for bringing the artistry and imagination of young composers into reality.

The concert continues highlighting an outstanding young instrumentalist, violinist Anna Perkins. In February Anna was chosen the winner of the Windham Orchestra’s 2013 Concerto Competition for High School Students from an unusually strong field of contestants. Since its inception 27 years ago, the annual concerto competition has been funded by Douglas Cox, violinmaker.

Anna will perform “Allegro non troppo,” the first movement of the “Symphonie Espangole” by Edouard Lalo, accompanied by the orchestra. This movement, brooding and heavy, is a Frenchman’s musical portrayal of Spain. The solo violinist becomes an irresistible guide, maybe even with magical powers, conjuring shifting passions and an occasional mood of solace in defiance of the stubborn and hardheaded patterns of the orchestra’s landscape.

Sunday’s performance concludes with Jean Sibelius’ “Finlandia,” opus 26, the musical accompaniment to a rousing patriotic Finnish poem, “The Melting of the Ice on the Ulea River” by Zachria Topelius.

As Keelan explains, “All elements of this concert explore and amplify what it means to be human, to strive and perform, and we promise our audiences of any age an enjoyable and inspiring experience.”

A special abbreviated children’s performance of this concert will be performed on Thursday, March 21, for Windham County school students.

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