BarbaraHarbach612Barbara Harbach’s Frontier Fancies for violin and orchestra will be performed by violinist Zachary Acosta and the Green Mountain Youth Symphony, Robert Blais, conductor on Saturday, April 5 at 7:00 PM at Barre Opera House, City Hall, 6 N. Main St. in Barre, Vermont as part of their Spring concert, Celebrating Three Centuries of American Women Composers.

Frontier Fancies was originally written in 1996 for violin and piano and arranged for violin and orchestra in 2006. It conveys frontier images with its driving rhythms and Copland-esque harmonies. The composer calls it, “a many-hued mosaic of themes inspired by America’s heartland, simultaneously jubilant and pensive.” The piece has been recorded by violinist Frantisek Novotny and Maestro Kirk Trevor leading the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra for MSR Classics (MS 1252).

The program also includes the entire, rarely heard ‘Gaelic’ Symphony in E minor by Mrs. H. H. A. Beach (premiered in 1896 in Boston), Revelation by Beth Anderson; Briskly Sunny by Erin Magill; and Hidden Mountains by Eileen Kocherlakota. Ms. Magill and Ms. Kocherlakota composed their music as part of the Music-COMP mentoring program in Vermont.

Tickets are available through the Barre Opera House Box Office at 802-476-8188 or For more information, visit

MSR Classics has released Ms. Harbach’s critically acclaimed Music for Strings (MS1258) with the London Philharmonic and Orchestral Music, Volume 1 (MS1252) with the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra. For more about these and her other MSR CDs, visit Her website is at


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