Champlain Philharmonic to Feature Work by Student Composer
The Champlain Philharmonic will present its Spring Concert Series, ‘Storytellers,’ at Ackley Hall at Green Mountain College in Poultney on Sunday, May 8, at 4 p.m., and at the Town Hall Theater in Middlebury on Sunday, May 15, at 4 p.m, under the baton of guest conductor Yutaka Kono. Weaving tales through music, the program with selections by composers Gioachino Rossini and Maurice Ravelas well as the premiere of ‘Surviving Soul,’ a work written for the orchestra by student composer Leslie Bixby, a senior at Black River High School in Ludlow. She has plans to attend Plymouth State University this fall for Music Education. Bixby began arranging music in seventh grade and composing in ninth grade. Three of her compositions have been selected to be played by members of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra.
“My dream is to become a composer and music therapist,” says Bixby. “I want to create a change. When people are with me I want them to leave feeling confident while knowing that I have helped. I want to help those who are going through the same experience I have gone through, whether it is being adopted, or maybe going through depression, self-harm, or an eating disorder. I want them to know that music is something you can always go to and it will always be by your side. I have learned to express myself through music and I wish to teach many others to do the same.”
Tickets are available at the door for both performance: $15 general admission, $10 seniors and $5 students. Advance tickets for the Middlebury performance may be purchased at 802-382-9222 or townhalltheater.org. Visit champlainphilharmonic.org for information.