Vermont Youth Orchestra to debut Paterson’s “Enlightened City”

Posted on: January 22, 2010

In Thursday’s (1/21) Press-Republican (Plattsburgh, New York), Robin Caudell reports from Colchester, Vermont that “Composer Robert Paterson’s reworked ‘Enlightened City’ makes its world premiere in the Vermont Youth Orchestra’s Winter Concert this weekend. He originally wrote the single movement—an upbeat and exciting work with some dark moments—for the 100th anniversary of the Ithaca High School Orchestra in 2005. ‘Apparently, they’re the oldest high-school orchestra in the country,’ said Paterson, who is the Music Alive composer-in-residence with the VYO. Music Alive is a national residency program of the League of American Orchestras and Meet The Composer. Paterson’s compositional style is fairly accessible to orchestral-music patrons. ‘Enlightened City’ clocks in between eight or nine minutes. … Paterson’s residency culminates this year with the premiere of a new 20-minute work written especially for the VYO and the VYO Choruses. In the history of the residency program, Paterson is only the second recipient working with a youth orchestra.”

Posted January 22, 2010