Stefan Hard / Staff Photo Sophia Pellegrino of Bethel receives congratulations from conductor Robert Blais of Montpelier after her violin solo Saturday evening in a Senior Orchestra performance of Edouard Lalo's Symphonic espagnole, Allegro non troppo, during a Green Mountain Youth Symphony concert at the Barre Opera House.
About 150 of the area’s best young musicians filled The Barre Opera House with symphonic sounds Saturday as the Green Mountain Youth Symphony presented three concerts, two in the afternoon and one in the evening.
The GMYS showcased its youngest and least experienced musicians first, with the Repertory Orchestra of 25 musicians under the baton of Paul Perley of Berlin. A highlight was a solo performance by Zachary Acosta of Williamstown, playing Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons (Winter)” with the orchestra.
Next, to finish the afternoon concert, the Concert Orchestra, joined by the UVMC Harmonic Orchestra, filled the stage with 65 musicians performing diverse works ranging from Vaughn Williams holiday music to a challenging James Bond medley. GMYS founder and artistic director Robert Blais of Montpelier conducted.
Blais founded the GMYS in 2001, and it continues to grow with new staff and new course offerings, serving more than 100 young musicians of all skill levels from ages 6 to 18 in northern and central Vermont and New Hampshire.
The flagship Senior Orchestra of the GMYS took to the Opera House stage in the evening, with just over 60 musicians conducted by Blais.
Soloist Anthony Barrows wowed the crowd with his clarinet solo in Weber’s Concertino for Clarinet, Op. 26. Fellow senior Sophia Pellegrino took the next solo slot, on violin, performing Lalo’s “Symphonie Espagnole.”
Both young soloists received standing ovations from the crowd.
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