“In lieu of the VSO Summer Festival Tour, the Vermont Symphony Orchestra is accelerating ever so carefully away from COVID-19 into full symphonic concerts at Burlington’s Flynn Center for the Performing Arts this fall and the initiation of its music director auditions,” writes Jim Lowe in Saturday’s (5/1) Rutland Herald (VT). “In the meantime, the VSO leaves no part of the state untouched…. The VSO begins the summer July 1-21 with a Breweries Tour, Homes & Gardens Tour and Gazebos & Bandstands Tour. String quartets, woodwind quartets and a brass quintet, all VSO members, will travel across the state in a series of free concerts in 17 Vermont towns from St. Albans and Stowe to Greensboro and Grafton…. The VSO’s Oct. 30 full symphony concert marks … the return to its concert home at the Flynn Center after more than a year away, and the initiation of its music director auditions to replace the legendary Jaime Laredo.” Seven music director candidates—including Akiko Fujimoto, Peter Askim, Julian Pellicano, Tania Miller—will lead concerts in the 2021-22 and 2022-23 seasons. “It’s going to take until spring 2023 to get all these candidates on the stage,” said VSO Executive Director Elise Brunelle.