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Chorus Adventures with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra!

HOW EXCITING WAS THAT SHOW?

Having just arrived back from Burlington with the Middle School Chorus I’m having a hard time finding words to express how proud I am. Not only were these 25 students exemplary audience members, but they brought enthusiasm and joy, which was made obvious by being the first to start the standing ovation at the end of the performance.

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The Vermont Symphony Orchestra performed “Music Means the World to Me,” which was a narrated tour through 7 countries on 5 continents. Before and after each piece the charismatic narrator gave us information about the style of the piece, what instruments played, and why the sound was unique to that country.

Ask your sons and daughters to describe the different sounds they heard in each country!

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See those colored dots? Those are the countries we visited!

Here’s a little video of the group!

The Folsom Musicians would like to extend an ENORMOUS thank you to The Vermont Arts Council and The National Endowment for the Arts for funding our transportation to and from Burlington! This trip may not have been possible without their support!

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And Here are links to the songs we heard! I tried to find different instruments playing the songs than an orchestra. Do they sound the same?

USA Aaron Copland’s, “Hoe-Down”

MEXICO José Padillo’s “Cielito Lindo” (Mariachi Band)

IRELAND Percy Grainger’s “Molly on the Shore” (Wind Ensemble)

AUSTRIA Johann Strauss Jr.’s “Die Fledermaus Overature” 

HUNGARY Johannes Brahms’ “Hungarian Dance No. 5” (Wine-Glass Harp)

TURKEY Amadeus Mozart’s “Turkish March” (I couldn’t find the march we heard by Modeste Mussorgsky!)

CHAD (on the Continent of Africa) “Oh Yini” (I couldn’t find Vermont Composer Ellen Lindquist’s “African Processional” so I want to share one of my favorite African songs.)

CHINA Fritz Keisler’s “Tambourin Chinoise”

USA Henry FIlmore’s “Lassus Trombone” (Bulgarian Navy Band)

GERMANY, but really, EVERYWHERELudwig van Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” (This is one of my FAVORITE VIDEOS EVER!!!!)

THANK YOU ALL!

By folsommusicians

Kindergarten through 8th grade general music, band, and chorus students!

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