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The Vermont Symphony Orchestra’s “Raising Cane” Woodwind Trio will present performances at three Orleans County Schools on June 2.  (See schedule below.)  The day is made possible with the help of funding from North Country Friends of the VSO.

“Raising Cane” is always a big hit in schools. Oboist Ann Greenawalt, clarinetist Steve Klimowski, and bassoonist Janet Polk are all excellent performers with years of experience turning kids on to classical music.  Their show focuses on the unique sounds of the three reed instruments, making the analogy that musical timbres are the composer's palette of colors.  Students are engaged in participatory exercises designed to familiarize them with these ambassadors from the woodwind family and sharpen their listening skills.

A rave review from a host school:  "We thoroughly enjoyed the performance of “Raising Cane.”  We found the woodwind trio to be very entertaining and educational.  Their sense of humor brought the audience to quick attention!”

These performances are part of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra’s statewide SymphonyKids education program, which reached over 26,000 schoolchildren last year with 278 presentations serving 175 schools in 141 different towns.  The VSO’s traveling ensembles visit all corners of the state as part of an outreach program known as the Lois H. McClure “Musicians-in-the-Schools” Program. These lively concerts are met with overwhelming enthusiasm, as the musical ambassadors spread the word that classical music can be fun!

School Performance Schedule

Jay/Westfield Elementary 9:15 am

Troy Elementary 10:45 am

Brownington Elementary 1:30 pm

The Vermont Symphony Orchestra is the only professional statewide orchestra providing live musical experiences for listeners in Vermont.  It is a state-supported non-profit institution founded in 1935 and exists for the purpose of fostering and encouraging the appreciation of music in all its various forms, with emphasis on orchestral, choral and chamber music.
If you would like more information or would like to schedule an interview, contact Eleanor Long at (802) 864-5741 ext. 14 or

Troy students recently visited the State House to advocate for the After-School Program and the need of transportation so that all students have an equal opportunity to attend. Students were able to meet with Senator Robert Starr and Representatives Mark Higley and John Rodgers. Special Thanks to Kim McCarthy, ASP Coordinator.