vermont symphony orchestra presents “music for days like this” 

 

It was an honor to work with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra on their latest project, “Music For Days Like This”.   This streaming concert is a unique combination of classical and jazz music, visual art and poetry by BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) artists. Reuben Jackson, known for presenting VPR’s Friday Night Jazz and curating the Smithsonian Institution’s Duke Ellington collection, serves as the host and fellow poet alongside readings by US Poet Laureate Rita Dove. Two new commissions received their world premieres by prominent composers and musicians Ray Vega and Carlos Simon. Music by Florence Price, Matthew Evan Taylor, Dorothy Rudd Moore, Scott Joplin and more. Paintings by Vermont-based visual artists Crystal Stokes, Julio Desmont and Alan Blackwell were featured throughout the concert. This program was curated by Matt LaRocca.

You can find the full program here.

We recorded the ensemble performances at the Double E Performance Center in Essex, Vermont. They were then mixed and mastered by Ben Collette here at Tank Recording Studio.