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Sage City Symphony to present free Winter Concert February 5

February 5, 2023 @ 4:30pm-5:30pm


Bennington, VT — On Sunday, February 5, at 4:00 p.m. Sage City Symphony will present a Winter Concert at Greenwall Auditorium in the VAPA Building at Bennington College. Admission is free and open to all.

The program will feature Symphony No. 39 in E♭ Major by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Concerto for Oboe d’Amore in A Major by J. S. Bach, with soloist Lyndon Moors; and Divertimento for String Orchestra by Béla Bartók.

Covid Protocols: All current and evolving guidelines issued by the CDC, the State of Vermont, and Bennington College will be followed. Face masks and social distancing may be required (“pod” seating permitted), and proof of vaccination and ID may be requested at the door. In the event of a resurgence of Covid infection rates, postponement or cancellation of this concert will be posted on the Symphony’s website at www.SageCitySymphony.org.

About Lyndon Moors

Lyndon Moors studied oboe with Ralph Gomberg and John Holmes at Boston University while earning a bachelor of music degree in music education. He earned a master’s degree in education from Southern New Hampshire University and taught music in the Mount Greylock Regional School District in Williamstown, Massachusetts, for 29 years. Lyndon performs regularly throughout western Massachusetts, southern Vermont, and the Albany, New York, area including appearances with the Berkshire Symphony, Manchester Music Festival, Williams Chamber Players, Williamstown Theater Festival, Barrington Stage Company, Berkshire Theater Group, Massachusetts Wind Orchestra, Berkshire Lyric, the Battenkill Chorale, and the Bennington County Choral Society. Lyndon was the principal oboe of the Bangor Symphony under Werner Torkanowsky, having begun his career teaching and performing in northern Maine. Lyndon first performed with the Sage City Symphony under founder Lou Calabro in 1979 and has since performed the Strauss Concerto for Oboe and Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante as soloist with the orchestra.

He is on the board of directors for both the Berkshire Music School and Local 171 of the American Federation of Musicians, and he is a former Music Director of the Eagles Band of Pittsfield, Massachusetts. A local boy made good, Lyndon is a 1981 graduate of Mount Anthony Union High School in Bennington.

About Michael Finckel

Having served as principal cellist during Sage City Symphony’s early years in the 1970s, and later as a commissioned composer and cello soloist, music director Michael Finckel continues the unique traditions and musical standards of the orchestra’s co-founder, Louis Calabro.

A native of Bennington, Vermont, Finckel’s formative studies were with his parents, both prominent musicians well known throughout the state. He later attended Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and Bennington College, where he studied composition, conducting, and orchestration with Louis Calabro and Henry Brant. He has taught cello and composition at Bennington and Marymount Colleges, and at Princeton and Cornell Universities. As a member of the faculty of the Vermont Governor’s Institute on the Arts, he taught gifted junior and senior high school students from around the state. Currently living in New York City, Finckel is engaged in an active multiple career as soloist, chamber musician, composer, teacher, and conductor. As a cellist he has performed with orchestral and chamber ensembles in venues from coast to coast and across Europe. He performs and coaches each summer at the Composers Conference and Chamber Music Center in Wellesley, Massachusetts, and the Chamber Music Conference and Composers Forum of the East at Bennington College.

About Sage City Symphony

Sage City Symphony’s 2022–23 season heralds two important anniversaries: the 30th anniversary with conductor Michael Finckel, and the 50th anniversary of the Symphony’s first performance under Lou Calabro.

Co-founded in 1972 by composer Louis Calabro and Christine Graham as a community and college orchestra with close ties to Bennington College, Sage City Symphony gave its first concert in 1973. At the time, it was one of only a handful of orchestras in the country to commission and premiere new works. Today the Symphony performs the traditional classical repertoire as well as contemporary music, commissioning and premiering new pieces each season, with the mission of presenting programs that are beyond the usual ambition of community orchestras and that offer a challenging playing opportunity to local musicians. The Symphony attracts a high caliber of dedicated amateur and professional players who travel from throughout Vermont, New York, and Massachusetts for weekly rehearsals during the concert season. Auditions are not required, and academic credit is available for Bennington College students who participate. Information about joining the symphony, as well as Covid protocols observed at rehearsals and concerts, is available at www.SageCitySymphony.org.

Sage City Symphony is a registered federal non-profit organization in the State of Vermont that relies entirely on generous donations, gifts in kind, grants, and volunteer services from individuals, local foundations, businesses, and sponsors. Donations are gratefully received by mail at Sage City Symphony, PO Box 547, Shaftsbury, VT 05262 or online via www.SageCitySymphony.org. Concerts are always free and open to all.


February 5, 2023
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