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Saturday, May 30th at 7:30pm

Central Vermont's acclaimed chamber music ensemble performs with varied music for piano, voice, and viola. At this spring concert, Arioso will perform music of Henry Purcell, J.S. Bach, Charles Ives, and Rebecca Clarke, plus two works by Vermont composers, the ‘Romance for viola and piano' by Jacob Morton-Black, and the ‘Cheese Songs', a delightful and moving song cycle by Worcester composer, Michael Close. Highlighting new works by contemporary Vermont composers is the mission of Arioso.  

The members of Arioso, all Vermont professional musicians, are: Elizabeth Reid, viola; Alison Cerutti, piano; and Linda Radtke, voice. The group was formed in 2008 and debuted in May 2009. 

Jim Lowe, of the Barre-Montpelier Times-Argus says the group is “deeply beautiful…simply a pleasure.”

Alison Bruce Cerutti has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Vermont, and as a flute accompanist in the U.S. and France. Alison has played with the Northern Third Piano Quartet, Veritas, and the Bruce Klavier Duo, Burlington Civic Symphony, Vermont Philharmonic, as well as numerous collaborations with Vermont musicians.  She has premiered works by Vermont composers Lydia Busler, Erik Nielsen, David Gunn, Dennis Bathory-Kitsz, and Jacob Morton-Black. 

Alto Linda Radtke, while classically trained, is comfortable with a wide range of musical styles and language. Her vocal style has been described as "engaging, with a warm and expressive style and impeccable musicianship."  A graduate of Rutgers University and the University of Vermont, Linda sings with the professional vocal ensemble Counterpoint, and has sung solos of many great choral works with the Vermont Philharmonic, the Vermont Symphony, and in Vermont productions of opera and musical theatre, including Sound of Music (Maria and Abbess), The King and I (Lady Thiang), Camelot (Guinevere) and most of the alto leads in Gilbert and Sullivan operettas.

Violist Elizabeth Reid is in high demand as a musician in Vermont. Her playing has been described as having a “deep and expressive sound” and a “natural musicality” according to the Times Argus. Elizabeth has performed as principal violist of the Middlebury Opera Orchestra, as well as playing regularly with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Burlington Chamber Orchestra, and the Northern Third Piano Quartet. She has a strong interest in contemporary music and has been involved in various premieres of solo and chamber works in Canada and the U.S.

Biographies of Vermont Composers

Jacob Morton-Black is a native of Colchester, Vermont. His works have been performed by the Vermont Youth Orchestra, Vermont Symphony Orchestra, and Burlington Ensemble. A highlight has been a commissioned work commemorating the 250th celebration of the Town of Colchester. In 2013, he was selected by the NafME Eastern division composition competition for his piece Chapter 1 Bar 60. Jacob began composing independently with the Vermont Midi Project, now known as Music-Comp. He studies composition at Ithaca College.

Michael Close is a composer, cellist, and teacher living in Worcester, VT.  He graduated from Bennington College in 2003 with a bachelor's degree in music composition and a master of arts in Education.  He has been a composer-mentor with Music-Comp since 2004, a program which encourages and supports students in composing and arranging music. Michael is a prolific composer with some of his most recent works having been performed by the Montpelier Chamber Orchestra, The Birmingham Bloomfield Symphony, The Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble, Chamber Music at the Scarab Club of Detroit, the Eleva Chamber Players, and the Vermont Choral Union.

Tickets are $15 with a pre-concert dinner available for an additional $20. Reservations are required for dinner and recommended for the show. Venue is BYOB. Call (802) 247-4295 or e-mail us for reservations or more information.
Photo credit: Robert Eddy, 2013


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