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VSO premiers "Tempesta" by Colin Desch

Colin Desch is a ninth grader at Montpelier High School and plays cello in his school orchestra. ColinVSO Jaime 450wAt a recent Montpelier concert, Colin wasn't performing, but instead was a featured composer with a new work premiered by the Vermont Symphony Orchestra. The standing-room-only crowd applauded Colin's new work enthusiastically. Listen to the recording below.

The David M. Wilson Memorial Farmers' Night concert is a cherished tradition and a fan favorite. In this free concert held in the Vermont State House each January, the VSO, under the direction of Jaime Laredo, performs for an audience of community members, legislators, and government officials. The event was held on January 27, 2016. Music-COMP selects one student composer to write for this event each year. Student composers connect with professional composer mentors for feedback on their work-in-progress and receive support for live performances.

After the premier, Colin wrote, "The experience was very exciting. It was very interesting and helpful to be mentored by Matt [LaRocca] and learn the ins and outs of my own piece. The best part of the whole thing was probably when I got to hear the VSO play the piece for the first time and hearing the difference between a computer and the real thing. I didn't expect it to be such a hit with everybody but I guess that's the way it turned out. It was a real experience."ColinVSO smileaudience cropped 250w

NEW - Tempesta audio recording


Listen to Colin's work for Opus 28, Midnight Ride and

Frosty Tango for Opus 30.

Thanks to Jeb Wallace-Brodeur and the Times/Argus for these photos.