© Copyright 2018 by Jennifer Jolley 

The Ferry Crossing

COMMISSIONED

Vermont Symphony Orchestra

 

FIRST PERFORMANCE

September 25, 2015 by the Vermont Symphony Orchestra at Johnson State College in Johnson, VT. Jaime Laredo, conductor.

 

ENSEMBLE

2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 horns, strings.

DURATION

12 minutes​

​PROGRAM NOTE

Ferries are a mode of transport I have never encountered until I moved to Vermont in 2003. I left California after college, and while trekking to Burlington I found a vessel that would transport me magically over the endless Lake Champlain.

 

And so I lived and worked in Vermont for four years, discovering snow and seasons and the wonderful people that make it a lovable and stalwart state, and I took many ferry rides during my stay there.

 

And then I left.

 

I left four years later across the ferry that traverses between Burlington and Port Kent. It was the last ferry ride I took in Vermont.

 

This piece is my arrival and departure from the Green Mountain State, with the horns guiding you along the way. Even though my stay there was short-lived, I miss Vermont. I miss it terribly. There may be a time in the future when I return, but until then, I can visit, riding the ferry to my destination.