The Brattleboro Music Center’s newest program, Juno Orchestra, is the region’s hometown professional chamber orchestra.
Formed in the spring of 2017 under the direction of Zon Eastes, Juno started as a time-limited project: The Juno Orchestra Project. During its tenure, the Project commissioned new pieces for chamber orchestra, presented locally born and raised musicians as featured soloists, collaborated with local nonprofits (in once instance, winning a national award for creative excellence in community programming), and brought together the region’s finest musicians to explore and perform new and older works for small orchestra. More about the original project can be found at junoorchestra.org.
After a brief period of time “in residence” at the BMC, Juno Orchestra officially became part of the BMC in 2023. The Orchestra presents as many as four public concerts each year, programmed to celebrate the Brattleboro area’s rich musical history as well as its current, amazing creative assets.
The Current Season:
In 2023-24 Juno Orchestra programmed four projects, three for the public and one for the area’s elementary school students. The first concert recalls the BMC’s relationship to the establishment of the New England Bach Festival, with an October concert celebrating the incomparable music of J.S. Bach and friends and family, along with the peak of Vermont’s incomparable fall foliage season. In February, Juno explores new and recent compositions in a concert titled Challenge. The children’s concert, presented in March, will engage hundreds of students with Saint-Saen’s Carnival of the Animals.” For the final performance of the year, Juno in June will be an orchestra spectacular held at Persons Auditorium at Potash Hill.