Arioso's 'Zoologica': The Animals are coming to Brandon!
Saturday, March 26th at 7:30pm
Central Vermont's critically and audience acclaimed chamber music ensemble returns to Brandon Music with a concert of varied and entertaining music for piano, voice, and viola. Arioso will perform music of Granados, Ives, Saint-Saens, Shostakovich, Hoiby and Vermont composer Kathy Eddy. All the works on the program have an animal title or theme. The featured work is the premiere of “A Child's Book of Animals” by Worcester composer Michael Close. The success of Close's last year's Cheese Songs, led him to create for Arioso a song cycle which includes sinuous melodies of Octopus, a rapping Swan, the Seagull's fishing expedition, and the somnolent philosophy of the Sloth. It is the mission of Arioso to highlight new works by contemporary Vermont composers in all the group's concerts.
The members of Arioso are Elizabeth Reid, viola; Alison Cerutti, piano; and Linda Radtke, voice. The group was formed in 2008, and debuted in May 2009, sponsored by the Paine Mountain Arts Council in Northfield and Cathedral Arts in Burlington.
“Deeply beautiful…simply a pleasure” – Jim Lowe, Barre-Montpelier Times-Argus
Alison Bruce Cerutti has performed as soloist and chamber musician throughout Vermont, and as a flute accompanist in the U.S. and France. For eight years, she studied with Louis Moyse and accompanied his flute master classes in Vermont and France and in 2012 performed with his former students in St. Amour, France. Cerutti has played with TURNmusic for the 2015 production of A Fleeting Animal, the Northern Third Piano Quartet, the Cerutti-Reid Duo, Veritas, and the Bruce Klavier Duo; and appeared as a soloist with the Burlington Civic Symphony Orchestra and the Vermont Philharmonic. She has premiered works by Vermont composers Lydia Busler, Erik Nielsen, David Gunn, Dennis Bathory-Kitsz, and Jacob Morton-Black. A Vermont native, she studied with Sylvia Parker and earned degrees from Oberlin Conservatory and the Hartt School. She maintains an active piano studio and is an adjunct professor at Norwich University.
Alto Linda Radtke, while classically trained, is comfortable with a wide range of musical styles and language. Her vocal style has been described as "engaging, with a warm and expressive style and impeccable musicianship." A graduate of Rutgers University and the University of Vermont, Linda sings with the professional vocal ensemble Counterpoint, and has sung solos of many great choral works with the Vermont Philharmonic, the Vermont Symphony, and in Vermont productions of opera and musical theatre, including Sound of Music (Maria and Abbess), King and I (Lady Thiang), Camelot (Guinevere) and most of the alto leads in Gilbert and Sullivan operettas. She has presented the Rogers and Hart Songbook throughout Vermont with jazz pianist John Lincoln. Her research on Vermont songs led to touring programs with the Vermont Humanities Council's Speakers' Bureau with pianist Arthur Zorn and a recording, Vermont History through Song. Other recordings include nine with Robert De Cormier and Counterpoint. Linda hosts a choral program on Vermont Public Radio.
Violist Elizabeth Reid is in high demand as a musician in Vermont. Her playing has been described as having a “deep and expressive sound” and a “natural musicality.” (Times Argus) A native of Canada, Reid studied viola performance with Lorand Fenyves, Ralph Aldrich, and Rennie Regehr. She has played principal viola in the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Banff Opera Orchestra. Locally she has performed as principal violist of the Middlebury Opera Orchestra, as well as playing regularly with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Burlington Chamber Orchestra, and the Northern Third Piano Quartet. Reid has a strong interest in contemporary music and has been involved in various premieres of solo and chamber works in Canada and the U.S. In 2014 she performed a solo viola concert of contemporary American and Canadian works at Gallery 345 in Toronto to great success. She lives in Northfield, Vermont with her husband and three sons.
Michael Close is a composer, cellist, and teacher living in Worcester, Vermont. He graduated from Bennington College in 2003 with a bachelor's degree in music composition and a master of arts in education. He has been a composer-mentor with Music-COMP since 2004, a program which encourages and supports students in composing and arranging music. He teaches cello and chamber music classes at the Monteverdi Music School in Montpelier and is the music teacher at Doty Memorial School. Close plays cello with a wide variety of orchestral and chamber groups around Vermont. He has been the section leader of and a soloist with the Montpelier Chamber Orchestra. He is a prolific composer and some of his most recent works have been performed by the Montpelier Chamber Orchestra, The Birmingham Bloomfield Symphony, The Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble, Chamber Music at the Scarab Club of Detroit, the Eleva Chamber Players, and the Vermont Choral Union.
Concert tickets are $20. Dinner & Show $40. We welcome guest chef Vicky Regia of Lian Catering for this evening's dinner. View the dinner menu. Reservations are required for dinner and recommended for the show. Venue is BYOB. Call (802) 247-4295 or e-mail us for reservations or more information.
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