VSO Music Director candidate Sarah Ioannides launches the season with an excitingly diverse program, beginning with sounds of the Caribbean in Gershwin’s ridiculously fun Cuban Overture. The world premiere of Riots and Prayers by composer Daniel Bernard Roumain, a commission spearheaded by the VSO, The Flynn and the UVM Lane Series in 2020, completes the concert’s first half. The composer promises an opportunity for “words, witness, and wonder” with a work inspired by our “divisive, combative, and collaborative” times. The concert closes with Sergei Prokofiev’s dramatic fifth symphony, composed while World War II was raging as “a hymn to free and happy mankind.”
The concert begins at 7:30 pm and is preceded at 6:30 pm by Musically Speaking, a free pre-concert discussion that provides entertaining insight into the evening’s program.