Alison Nowak's Piece for Strings was performed by Sage City Symphony, Nov. 14 at the Greenwall Auditorium, VAPA Building at Bennington College. The program also included Symphony No. 6 in F Major (“Pastoral Symphony, or Recollections of Country Life”), by Beethoven; and Serenade in C minor (“Nachtmusik”) for wind octet, by Mozart.
Sage City Symphony is a community orchestra based in Bennington, Vermont, that tackles ambitious works from the traditional repertoire as well as commissions new works. It was formed in 1972 by its first musical director, noted composer Louis Calabro, who was on the faculty of Bennington College. Current Music Director is Michael Finckel, who served as principal cellist during Sage City Symphony's early years in the 1970s, and later as a commissioned composer and cello soloist.