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Sage City Symphony to Present Winter Concert Feb. 4

February 4 at 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm


Bennington, VT — On Sunday, February 4, at 4:00 p.m. Sage City Symphony will present a Winter Concert at Greenwall Auditorium in the VAPA Building at Bennington College. Admission is free and open to all.

The concert program will feature Viola Concerto in G Major, by Georg Philipp Telemann, with soloist Catharine Hall-Schor; Octet for Wind Instruments, by Igor Stravinsky; Lupines for Antiphonal Strings and Harpsicord by Michael Finckel; and Symphony #8 in B minor (“Unfinished”), by Franz Schubert.

COVID Protocols: All current and evolving guidelines issued by the CDC, the State of Vermont, and Bennington College will be followed. In the event of a resurgence of COVID infection rates, postponement or cancellation of this concert will be posted on the symphony’s website at

About Viola Soloist Catharine Hall-Schor

Violist Catharine Hall-Schor studied at Oberlin Conservatory of Music before moving to New York City, where she was a longtime member of the American Composers Orchestra as well as performing with the New York City Ballet, the New York Philharmonic, and the Clarion Ensemble, among other groups. In 1990, she and her late husband, violinist Joseph Schor, started splitting their time between New York and North Bennington. They founded the Bennington String Quartet and also the string program at the North Bennington Graded School–now the Village School of North Bennington–which is still going strong 34 years later, under the direction of cellist Perri Morris. As well as serving as principal violist of Sage City Symphony, Cathy, now a full-time North Bennington resident, is a member of the Berkshire Symphony and teaches privately in the area.

About Music Director and Composer Michael Finckel

Having served as principal cellist during Sage City Symphony’s early years in the 1970s, and later as a commissioned composer and cello soloist, music director Michael Finckel continues the unique traditions and musical standards of the orchestra’s cofounder, Louis Calabro.

A native of Bennington, Vermont, Finckel’s formative studies were with his parents, both prominent musicians well known throughout the state. He later attended Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and Bennington College, where he studied composition, conducting, and orchestration with Louis Calabro and Henry Brant. He has taught cello and composition at Bennington and Marymount Colleges, and at Princeton and Cornell Universities. As a member of the faculty of the Vermont Governor’s Institute on the Arts, he taught gifted junior and senior high school students from around the state. Currently living in New York City, Finckel is engaged in an active multiple career as soloist, chamber musician, composer, teacher, and conductor. As a cellist he has performed with orchestral and chamber ensembles in venues from coast to coast and across Europe. He performs and coaches each summer at the Composers Conference and Chamber Music Center in Wellesley, Massachusetts, and the Chamber Music Conference and Composers Forum of the East at Bennington College.

About Sage City Symphony

Cofounded in 1972 by composer Louis Calabro and Christine Graham as a community and college orchestra with close ties to Bennington College, Sage City Symphony gave its first concert in 1973. At the time, it was one of only a handful of orchestras in the country to commission and premiere new works. Today the symphony performs the traditional classical repertoire as well as contemporary music, commissioning and premiering new pieces each season, with the mission of presenting programs that are beyond the usual ambition of community orchestras and that offer a challenging playing opportunity to local musicians. The symphony attracts a high caliber of dedicated amateur and professional players who travel from throughout Vermont, New York, and Massachusetts for weekly rehearsals during the concert season. Auditions are not required, and academic credit is available for Bennington College students who participate. Information about joining the symphony, as well as COVID protocols observed at rehearsals and concerts, is available at

Sage City Symphony is a registered federal non-profit organization in the State of Vermont that relies entirely on generous donations, gifts in kind, grants, and volunteer services from individuals, local foundations, businesses, and sponsors. Donations are gratefully received by mail at Sage City Symphony, PO Box 547, Shaftsbury, VT 05262 or online via Concerts are always free and open to all.


February 4
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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Greenwall Auditorium, VAPA Building, Bennington College
One College Drive
Bennington, VT 05201 United States
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