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Photo by Carolyn Cruz Van Cliburn bronze medal winner Daniel Hsu will open the UVM Lane Series season Friday.

Pianist Daniel Hsu BURLINGTON - The University of Vermont Lane Series opens its season with the bronze medal winner of the 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Nineteen-year-old Daniel Hsu, of the United States will perform works by Schubert, Marc-André Hamelin, Chopin, Bach-Busoni, and Rachmaninoff, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22, at the UVM Recital Hall. A pre-concert talk with the artist will begin at 6:30 p.m. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Hsu began his studies at age six. He made his concerto debut with the Fremont Symphony Orchestra at age 8 and his recital debut at the Steinway Society of the Bay Area at age 9, before being accepted into the Curtis Institute of Music at age 10. In addition to capturing the bronze medal, Hsu won the prizes for best performance of both the commissioned work and chamber music at the prestigious Cliburn Competition. He is also a 2016 Gilmore Young Artist, first prize winner of the 2015 CAG Victor Elmaleh Competition, and bronze medalist of the 2015 Hamamatsu International Piano Competition. His Lane Series recital will include Four Impromptus, D.899, Op. 90 by Schubert; Toccata on “L’homme armé” by Hamelin; Polonaise No. 6 in A-flat Major, Op. 53 by Chopin; Chaconne in D minor by Bach (arr. Busoni); and Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 36 by Rachmaninoff. Tickets are $35, $5 for students; call 802-656-4455, or go online to, www.uvm.edu/laneseries.   Soovin Kim & Gloria Chien BARRE – Two of the world’s finest young classical musicians, Vermont favorites, violinist Soovin Kim and pianist Gloria Chien, will open the 2017-18 Celebration Series at the Barre Opera House at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1, sponsored by The Friends of Classical Music. Students 18 and younger will be admitted free to this performance. Kim and Chien, husband and wife, are co-artistic directors of the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival, held each August at the Elley-Long Music Center in Colchester. Kim grew up in Plattsburgh, N.Y., and joined the Vermont Youth Orchestra as its then-youngest member at age 10. A student of Jaime Laredo, won first prize at Italy’s Paganini International Competition. He the violin faculty at New England Conservatory of Music in 2014, after teaching at SUNY-Stony Brook and the Peabody Conservatory. Taiwanese-born Chien made her orchestral debut at the age of 16 with the Boston Symphony, and performed again with the BSO with Keith Lockhart. In recent seasons she has performed as a recitalist and chamber musician at Alice Tully Hall, the Library of Congress and the Phillips Collection. The Barre Opera House program includes Schumann A minor Sonata, Ives Sonata No. 2, Strauss’ Sonata, and Fritz Kreisler works to be announced from the stage. Tickets are $20-$27; call 802-476-8188, or go online to www.barreoperahouse.org.   Worcester’s ‘Our Town’ WORCESTER – The Worcester Historical Society will perform an original presentation inspired by Thornton Wilder's "Our Town" but based on historical characters from Worcester's past, at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22, at the Worcester Town Hall. It is part of the annual meeting of the Worcester Historical Society, which begins at 6:30. Ninety-year-old Paul White will recall the winter of 1816 as Worcester pioneer Amasa Brown. Paul's son Brent will portray Amasa's son Milton who was an active participant in what is now called the Underground Railroad. Paul Hanlon, local attorney, will relate his involvement as constable Oliver Watson in the gruesome murder of Mary Loomis in 1863. Norma Lang is Hannah Dugar, the wife of blind farmer Abner Dugar, who could somehow tell the color of spots on a cow. Michelle Hill is Thankful Hamblet whose husband grew hops on the banks of the North Branch and rescued as many as 13 individuals from the same body of water. Michael Gore takes on Charles C. Abbott, long time postmaster and local historian. Cabot teacher Julia Hewitt provides some comic relief as the village gossip. Village sexton Frank King (David Book) and his wife Ivie (Nancy Gore) host this gathering of folks from Worcester's past. This lighthearted approach to local history is written and acted by an all-Worcester cast. Admission is by donation; for information, call 802-223-5625.   New VYO director BURLINGTON – The Vermont Youth Orchestra performs its fall concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017 at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts. New music director and conductor Benjamin Klemme opens the 2017-2018 season with the theme “Tchaikovsky in Vermont: A Musical Celebration of Creativity, Identity, and Mastery.” This season the VYO explores the artistic impact Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64 has had on musicians and artists across our region. Former Vermont poet laureate Sydney Lea and other Vermont artists share their perspective on Tchaikovsky, and demonstrate the lasting influence his music has had on them. Sunday’s concert is the first installment on this yearlong journey and includes the second and fourth movement of this beloved symphony. Lea’s poem, commissioned special for this opening concert, imagines the sights and sounds that Tchaikovsky would have experienced during a visit to Vermont in 1891. The program opens with Verdi’s Overture to “Nabucco” and features the first VYO senior soloist of the season, Israel Patterson, performing François Borne’s Fantaisie brillante on Themes from Bizet’s “Carmen” for flute and orchestra. For more information, call 802-655-5030, or go online to www.vyo.org.   Busy book club HARDWICK – The Galaxy Bookshop invites book lovers in search of fellow readers to join in for the first meeting of the Busy Person’s Book Club, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26. The Busy Person’s Book Club will not have assigned reading. Instead, participants are invited to bring a book related to the month’s theme or genre that they can share and discuss with the group. In honor of Banned Books Week (Sept. 24-30), the theme of the September meeting will be “banned or controversial.” Bring along a book that you’ve read – new or old – that falls under this category and be ready to talk about it with our group. Participation does not require commitment to monthly meetings. Special discounts will be offered on books discussed. The Galaxy Bookshop will provide refreshments. This event is free and open to the public; call 802-472-5533, or go online to http://galaxybookshop.com. The Galaxy Bookshop is located at 41 S. Main St.

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