“From July 1 to 21, the Vermont Symphony Orchestra’s ‘Close to Home & Far Afield: Homes & Gardens Tour’ will feature four ensembles—the VSO Woodwind Quartet, VSO String Quartet, VSO Brass Quintet and the VSO Juke Box String Quartet—in 17 [free outdoor] concerts across Vermont,” writes Jim Lowe in Monday’s (7/5) Rutland Herald/Times Argus (VT). “ ‘The point is to underscore and underline our mission as a statewide orchestra,’ … Elise Brunelle, the VSO’s executive director, said…. The VSO Woodwind Quartet will take the audience through 120 years of American music—from Tin Pan Alley to Carnegie Hall, from a bumpy bike ride with Alyssa Morris’s ‘Motion’ to the fairgrounds with Amy Beach’s ‘Carnival.’ The VSO String Quartet will [perform] works by Antonin Dvořák, William Grant Still, Gwyneth Walker, Alexander Glazunov and a suite from classic American musical theater…. The VSO Brass Quintet program will [range] from Dvořák to Sousa to Stephen Foster and Lady Wray. The already established VSO Jukebox String Quartet, in its usual eclectic mix of classical and rock music, will explore … rock arrangements from Jimi Hendrix to Tool to Nirvana, rounded out with Scott Joplin and Elena Kats-Chernin…. The ensembles chose their own repertoire that reflected their abilities and interests.”