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Sage City Symphony to Present Young People’s Concert March 10

March 10 at 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm


Sage City Symphony to Present Young People’s Concert March 10
Sunday, March 10, 4:00 p.m.
Greenwall Auditorium, VAPA Building, Bennington College, One College Drive, Bennington, VT 05201
Free admission

On the program: youth players from Southern Vermont Sinfonia; Toy Symphony (composer unknown); Tubby the Tuba, by George Kleinsinger, with narrator Tom Bogdan and tuba soloist Carolyn Exler; selections from Carmen Suite #2, by Georges Bizet; Unbegun Symphony, by Peter Schickele; compositions by students.

Sage City Symphony to Present Young People’s Concert March 10

Bennington, VT — On Sunday, March 10, at 4:00 p.m. Sage City Symphony will present a Young People’s Concert at Greenwall Auditorium in the VAPA Building at Bennington College. Admission is free and open to all.

The concert program will begin with a short performance by youth players from Patrick O’Connell’s Southern Vermont Sinfonia (, followed by the symphony playing Toy Symphony (composer unknown); Tubby the Tuba, by George Kleinsinger, with narrator Tom Bogdan and tuba soloist Carolyn Exler; selections from Carmen Suite No. 2, by Georges Bizet; Unbegun Symphony, by Peter Schickele; and compositions by students.

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 Tuba Soloist Carolyn Exler

Carolyn Exler ( holds a bachelor of music in music education and tuba performance with a minor in piano performance from Michigan State University (MSU) and a master of music in tuba performance from Western Michigan University. While at MSU, she studied under Dr. Cynthia Taggart, co-author of “Music Play: The Early Childhood Music Curriculum,” which is the curriculum Carolyn uses as a base for her early childhood music classes. A certified music teacher in the state of Vermont, Carolyn has been teaching for over 10 years, most recently in the Arlington/Manchester area. She has taught at the MSU Community Music School, the Flint Institute for Performing Arts, Gunma Kokusai Academy (Ota, Gunma, Japan), and Randolph Elementary School. She lives in Arlington, Vermont, with her husband and three cats.

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.


March 10
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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