Windham Orchestra offers a dynamic musical program
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Hugh Keelan conducts the Windham Orchestra
Hugh Keelan conducts the Windham Orchestra
SAXTON RIVER/ BRATTLEBORO- On Friday, January 17, in Saxtons River, and Sunday, January 19, in Brattleboro, the Windham Orchestra, under the direction of Maestro Hugh Keelan, presents a dynamic program ranging from Bruckner’s popular 19th century “Romantic” Fourth Symphony to local composer Jan Norris’ new work “Melting Spring.”

In the music of Bruckner, time appears to stand still. Some of the images evoked in Symphony No. 4 are a “cathedral in sound,” the Romanticism of German folk tales, the sounds of brass and hunting horns, the quality of a massive pipe organ, and heart-stopping chorales of intense fervor. Bruckner’s lineage is from Beethoven and Wagner, and yet sounds like neither. Listeners are awestruck at the intersection of simplicity and complexity, the extremes of loud and soft, density and lightness. Bruckner creates a vision of life beyond the earthly, and there is nothing like it in all of music.

Sibelius’ “The Swan of Tuonela,” featuring James Adams, English horn; and von Suppé’s overture “Light Cavalry” complete the orchestra’s spirited program.

The Windham Orchestra is excited to introduce local resident and neighbor Norris as its featured Citizen Composer during the January performances. Keelan asserts that listeners will hear that her “Melting Spring” is very comfortable in a program with Bruckner and Sibelius.

Norris is the owner of Delectable Mountain Cloth, a Main Street shop in Brattleboro. Born and raised in Virginia, she has made music for over sixty years. After college she moved to New York City to sing and act. Norris supported herself as a free-lance clothing designer but realized that she wanted to make music and art more than have a career.

Join the Windham Orchestra for Bruckner and Sibelius on Friday, January 17, 7:30 pm, at Vermont Academy in Saxtons River; or Sunday, January 19, at 3 pm, at the Latchis Theater in Brattleboro.

The orchestra invites the audience to name their ticket price, choosing anywhere from $5 to $65 for admission. Advance tickets are available by calling the Brattleboro Music Center at (802) 257-4523 or at

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