Past Programs

Fall 2017:

Amahl and the Night Visitors – Gian Carlo Menotti.

Symphony 29 in A Major, K. 201 – W.A. Mozart.

Montpelier City Hall Arts Center (MCHAC)

Saturday, November 18, 7:00pm and
Sunday, November 19, 4:00pm


Spring 2017

Saturday March 25, 2017  7:00 Waterbury Congregational Church

Sunday March 26, 2017     4:00 Vermont College of Fine Arts

Soloist Adam Tendler, piano

Nico Muhly               Two Motets

JS Bach                       Harpsichord Concerto No.4 in A Major

Henryk Gorecki      Concerto for Piano and String Orchestra Op. 40

Henryk Gorecki      Three Pieces in Old Style (1963)

Maurice Ravel          Mother Goose Suite


Fall 2016

Saturday, November 5    7:00  at the Waterbury Congregational Church

Sunday, November 6       4:00 at the Vermont College of Fine Arts Chapel, Montpelier

Virgil Thomson: Pilgrims and Pioneers (from Journey to America)

Aaron Copland: Appalachian Spring

Angelica Negron: What Keeps Me Awake

Beethoven: Symphony No. 8 in F Major


Spring 2016

March 19-20, 2016
Vermont College of Fine Arts Chapel
Anne Decker, conductor
Mozart: Overture to Cosi Fan Tutte, K. 588
Britten: Suite on English Folk Tunes ‘A time there was…’, Op. 90
Andres: Paraphrase on themes of Brian Eno
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 in A Major Op. 90, ‘Italian’


Fall 2015
Saturday, November 14, 7:30 pm
Sunday, November 15, 4pm
Unitarian Church of Montpelier
Guest Conductor: Jeff Domoto

Overture to the fairy tale “The Fair Melusine,” Op. 32 (1833/35) by Felix Mendelssohn

Souvenirs for chamber orchestra (2008) by Richard Danielpour

Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36 (1802) by Ludwig van Beethoven


Fall 2014

Paul Gambill, conductor
Emperor Beethoven


Spring 2014

Richard Riley, conductor
Onion River Chorus

MOZART – Posthorn Serenade in D Major, K. 320

BRAHMS (arr. Riley) – Geistliches Lied for chorus and strings, Op. 30
BRAHMS – Nänie for chorus, orchestra & harp, Op. 82
Richard Riley


Fall 2013


Mary Rowell, violin

Paul Gambill, conductor

STRAVINSKY – Pulcinella Suite
MICHAEL SAHL – Milltown Gypsy Ball
SAINT SAENS – Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso
Mary Rowell


Spring 2013


Paul Gambill, conductor

Tracy Silverman, electric violin

BEETHOVEN – Symphony No. 5
KENJI BUNCH – Embrace: Concerto for electric violin and orchestra
NATHAN CHAN – Melody to an Unheard Story


Fall 2012

Fri. Nov 16, 2012, 7:30pm, Montpelier High School Auditorium
Sun. Nov 18, 2012, 4:00pm, Chandler Music Hall, Randolph, VT

Paul Gambill, conductor
Cathy Metz, violin
Patricia Fitzgerald, violin
Willie Dacto, violin
Drucilla Macy, viola
Michael Close, cello

GREIG: Holberg Suite
VAUGHN WILLIAMS: Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis
ELGAR: Introduction and Allegro


Spring 2012

Sat. March 31, 2012, 7:30pm, St. Augustine’s Church, Montpelier, VT
Sun. April 1, 2012, 4:00pm, Chandler Music Hall, Randolph, VT

Paul Gambill, conductor
Amber DeLaurentis, vocalist
Marjorie Drysdale, soprano
Robert Eddy, baritone
Sounding Joy Chorus
Sounding Joy Youth Chorus
Youth Chorus from Union Elementary School

MOZART: Don Giovanni Overture
KID PAN ALLEY SONGS: 8 songs composed by Union Elementary School students arranged for orchestra. Amber DeLaurentis, vocalist with a student chorus from Union Elementary School (St. Augustine’s performance only)
BARBER: Knoxville: Summer of 1915. Marjorie Drysdale, soloist.
RUTTER: Mass of the Children. Majorie Drysdale, soprano; Robert Eddy, baritone; The Sounding Joy chorus and the Sounding Joy Youth Chorus.

Amber DeLaurentis
Sounding Joy!
Marjorie Drysdale
Union Elementary School


Spring 2011
ROSSINI: Signore Bruschino Overture

MICHAEL CLOSE: Tango (Premiere)
TCHAIKOVSKY: Andante Cantabile (featuring Michael Close, cello)
MENDELSSOHN: Symphony No. 3 (Scottish)

Featured musician: Michael Close (cello)


Fall 2010
Sat. November 13, 2010, 7:30pm (NEW TIME!), Vermont College of Fine Arts Chapel
Sun. November 14, 2010, 4:00pm, Vermont College of Fine Arts Chapel

RODRIGO: Fantasia par un gentilhombre (featuring William Ghezzi, guitar)
RESPHIGI: Ancient Airs and Dances – Suite III
ELLISOR: No Place To Get To (featuring Sandra Cathey, English horn and Colin McCaffrey, guitar)
BRITTEN: Simple Symphony

Featured musician: William Ghezzi (guitar)

William Ghezzi

Colin McCaffrey

Sandra Cathey


Spring 2010

MENDELSSOHN: Sinfonia No X (strings only)
REINECKE: Flute Concerto (featuring Karen Kevra, flute)
TBA: Selection with Celtic band alone, orchestra tacet
MOCK: The Stone (for Celtic band and strings: Patrick Ross, violin; Karen K, whistle; Colin McCaffrey, guitar; TBA, bodhran) – listen now
BIZET: Symphony No 1 (Symphony in C)


Fall 2009

Prokofiev: Classical Symphony (Symphony No. 1 in D Major), op. 25
Mozart: Clarinet Concerto in A Major, K622 (featuring soloist Ian Greitzer)
Beethoven: Symphony No. 1 in C Major, op. 21

Soloist Ian Greitzer

Spring 2009 
Beethoven: Piano Concerto #3

Haydn: “Drumroll” Symphony (No. 103)
Thomas Oboe Lee: Seven Steps to Heaven

Featuring Piano soloist Mana Tokuno


Fall 2008

“The Last Leaves of Autumn”

Bela Bartok: Rumanian Folk Dances
Conni Ellisor: Blackberry Winter
Conni Ellisor (arranged by): Traditional Folk Music: Southwind
W.A. Mozart: Symphony in G Minor No. 40
Strauss: Serenade

Featuring Mountain Dulcimer soloist Stephen Seifert

Spring 2008

Troy Peters: Between Hills Briefly Green
Ludwig van Beethoven: Romance No. 1 in G major, Op. 40
Johann Sebastian Bach: Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, BWV 1041
Franz Schubert: Symphony No. 5 in B-flat major, D. 485

feat. Violin Soloist Michael Dabroski


Fall 2007 


The major work on the fall concerts of the Montpelier Chamber Orchestra will be Hector Berlioz’s remarkable song cycle, Les nuits d’été (“Summer Nights”), with mezzo-soprano Wendy Hoffman Farrell. To go with this wonderful piece, we’ll be doing a variety of other works inspired by the seasons:

Delius: On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring & Summer Night on the River

Corelli: Concerto grosso in G minor, Op. 6, No. 8 “Christmas Concerto”

Thomas L. Read: On October Ground

Berlioz: Les nuits d’été (“Summer Nights”)
feat. Soprano Wendy Hoffman Farrell


Spring 2007

Edward Elgar: Serenade in E minor, Op. 20
Burrill Phillips: Concert Piece for Bassoon and Strings
Francisco Mignone: Concertino for Bassoon and Chamber Orchestra
W.A. Mozart: Symphony No. 29 in A major, K. 201/186a
Percy Grainger: Irish Tune from County Derry
Percy Grainger: Molly on the Shore

The soloist for the Phillips and Mignone will be bassoonist Rachael Elliott


Fall 2006

“Natural Wonders”

Gwyneth Walker: About Leaves
Joseph Canteloube: Songs of the Auvergne – Shyla Nelson, soprano soloist
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68 “Pastoral”


Spring 2006 

Three German Dances, K. 605 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Rhythmic Variations on Two Ancient Hymns Howard Hanson

O Magnum Mysterium Morten Lauridsen (* Arr. Sandra Dackow)

Symphony No. 34 in C major, K. 338 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
I. Allegro vivace
II. Andante di molto piu’ tosto Allegretto
III. Allegro Vivace

Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra Alexander Arutunian (* Daniel Patrylak, trumpet)

Overture to Nabucco Giuseppe Verdi

Sandra Dackow


Fall 2005 

Suite from Platée (1749)
Jean-Phillippe Rameau 1683 – 1764

Meditation from Thaïs
Jules Massenet (1842 – 1912)

Prelude a l’apres midi d’un faune
Claude Debussy (1862 – 1918)

Masques et Bergamasques, op. 112
Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)

Ma mere l’Oye
Maurice Ravel (1875 – 1937)

Michael Hopkins


Spring 2005 

Music to celebrate Soprano Marjorie Drysdale
With Wayne Hobbs and Michael Hogan, tenors, Sounding Joy! chorus
And the Montpelier Chamber Orchestra

The concert will include selections from musical theater, operetta, lieder, and oratorios, concluding with stunning Puccini opera solos and duets with the orchestra.
Marjorie Drysdale



Spring 2005

10th Anniversary Concert
Sat. April 2, 2005, 8:00pm, Unitarian Church of Montpelier
Sun. April 3, 2005, 4:00pm, Unitarian Church of Montpelier

Come celebrate MCOS’s 10th anniversary spring concert: EVOLUTION.
Since the group began with a desire to give string players a special home, it is honoring those roots with a program of all-string music. The music takes place in Rome-1714, Hamburg-1773, Berlin-1821, Prague-1875, Frankfurt-1927, and Cabot, Vt.-2005, thus spanning almost 300 years of differing styles in our musical evolution (Corelli, CPE Bach, Mendelssohn, Dvorak, Hindemith, Huling). To honor MCOS’s founding director Diane Huling, the orchestra has commissioned her to compose a work for strings which will receive its world premier at these concerts. MCOS has also invited Vermonter now-college student at Baltimore’s Peabody Conservatory Jesse Irons & two friends to solo with the orchestra.


Fall 2004 

Pergolesi: Missa Romana
Haydn: Harmoniemesse
Schubert: Unfinished Symphony, No. 8

Celina Moore, soprano
Elaine Russell, mezzo-soprano
Robert Dockstader, tenor
Simon Chaussé, baritone
Chorus: Onion River Chorus
Orchestra: Montpelier Chamber Orchestra
Conductors: Larry Gordon & Catherine Broucek Orr

Onion River Chorus

Larry Gordon


Fall 2004 

Mozart: Overture to Magic Flute
Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto
Schubert: Unfinished Symphony, No. 8

Linda Rosenthal, violin soloist


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