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Sage City Symphony Winter Concert features classical and modern music

BENNINGTON, Vt. – On Sunday, February 2 at 4 p.m., Sage City Symphony will present a free concert sponsored by Symphony Orchestra Board Chairman Karl Brosch at the Greenwall Auditorium in Bennington College’s VAPA building. Under the direction of longtime conductor Michael Finckel, the program will include Symphony No. 2 in D major Op. 21, Concerto grosso op. 6 No. 1 in G major and Table of Toys and Numbers (2012) by Bennington College composer Nicholas Brooke.

Nick Brooke creates music in all disciplines, from collages of recordings with live theater to homemade gamelan-inspired instrumentariums. His work has been performed across the United States and Europe and has been featured at Lincoln Center Festival, Ecstatic Music Festival, Spoleto Festival, and the MATA Series. His instrumental compositions have been performed by Talujon, Bang-on-a-Can All Stars, Paul Dresher Ensemble, Nash Ensemble of London, Orchestra 2001, Dan Druckman, Speculum Musicae, Sekar Anu and Gamelan Son of Lion of New York. He has received awards and residencies from the Guggenheim Foundation, ASCAP, Rockefeller Foundation, Djerassi, and MacDowell Colony, among others. During a two-year fellowship at Central Java, he studied gamelan and collaborated on musical projects with Javanese composers, dancers and visual artists. Brooke holds degrees in music composition and philosophy from Oberlin College and a doctorate from Princeton University; he has taught at Bennington College since 2004.

Upcoming performances for the Sage City Symphony’s 2019-20 concert season include a “South of the Border” Youth Concert on March 8 and a Spring Concert and Annual Dinner on May 17.

Led by Music Director Michael Finckel for the past 25 years, the Sage City Symphony was founded in 1972 as a community and university orchestra with close ties to Bennington College. In addition to performing the traditional classical repertoire as well as contemporary music, the symphony orchestra commissions and creates new pieces each year. The symphony attracts a high caliber of dedicated amateur and professional musicians who travel from Vermont, New York and Massachusetts for weekly rehearsals during concert season. Auditions are not mandatory and academic credit is available for Bennington College students who attend. Symphony membership information is available at www.SageCitySymphony.org.

Sage City Symphony is a federally registered non-profit organization in the State of Vermont that is entirely dependent on generous donations, in-kind donations, grants, and volunteer service from individuals, local foundations, corporations, and sponsors. The concerts are always free and open to all.

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