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.

 

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