JAIME LAREDO, Music Director FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
VSO VOCAL QUARTET TO VISIT AREA SCHOOLS
The Vermont Symphony Orchestra’s “Ah! Cappella” Vocal Quartet will present performances at three area schools on February 8th. (See schedule below.) The performances are made possible by the Upper Valley Friends of the VSO.
Using nothing but the instruments they were born with, the four singers in “Ah! Cappella” have wowed schoolchildren across the state with a varied and amusing program since their debut in 1999. The quartet performs a wide selection of music in many styles, from an early madrigal and part of a mass to an African-American spiritual; and from an unusual arrangement of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” to sing-and-clap-along songs. A question-and-answer period allows students to explore not only the group’s multicultural musical choices, but the lives of professional Vermont musicians as well. The show builds to the message that music as a universal language can bring the world closer together by singing together.
Ah! Cappella members are: soprano Claire Hungerford, of St. Albans; alto Melissa Chesnut-Tangerman, of Middletown Springs; tenor Cameron Steinmetz, of Montpelier; and baritone Kevin Quigley, of Hartford.
These performances are part of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra’s statewide SymphonyKids education program, which reached over 20,000 schoolchildren last year with 263 presentations serving 131 schools in 114 different towns. The VSO’s traveling ensembles visit all corners of the state as part of an outreach program known as the Lois H. McClure “Musicians-in-the-Schools” Program. These lively concerts are met with overwhelming enthusiasm, as the musical ambassadors spread the word that classical music can be fun!
The Vermont Symphony Orchestra is the only professional statewide orchestra providing live musical experiences for listeners in Vermont. It is a state-supported non-profit institution founded in 1935 and exists for the purpose of fostering and encouraging the appreciation of music in all its various forms, with emphasis on orchestral, choral and chamber music.
If you would like more information or would like to schedule an interview, contact Patricia Jancova at (802) 864-5741 ext. 13 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Weathersfield School 9:00 am
Windsor Elementary School (State Street) 10:30 am
Upper Valley Waldorf School 1:30 pm