“The BCO concert experience is a must” - Vermont Times Sentinel


"Saturday at St. Michael’s College, the orchestra achieved another milestone, proving itself capable with excellent performances delivering a powerful and beautiful musical message."

-Times Argus

“Now in its fifth year, the professional ensemble has proven itself over and over again. [Andrew] Massey led BCO strings in a richly lyrical performance that successfully delivered both its passion and its tenderness. And they did so with a not so easy to achieve clarity. Particularly moving was their performance of the [Josef Suk] Adagio, which was intense and intensely beautiful, the result of beautifully restrained passion. The finale, too, was rich and warm. It was joyful music-making. ...Some people seem to think classical music is dying. They haven’t been to Vermont.”

-Times Argus

“There was no feeling of small in Saturday's performance of Tchaikovsky's famous C Major Serenade, Opus 48. The string sound was broad and rich and, led by Hopkins, the orchestra played the work with depth, passion and understanding.”

-Times Argus

“Every nuance and note rang clear in the quietest passages, and yet the sound of the small ensemble swelled to fill the hall magnificently when the music required….The near-capacity crowd delighted in the diverse, diverting program, enthusiastically led by Music Director Michael Hopkins. Simply put, the BCO rocked.”

-Seven Days

“The orchestra opened the program with a Concerto Grosso from Handel's Opus 6, the fourth one, and they played it splendidly—style, uniform outlook on the music, and every aspect of the performance was ideal. In the short time of one year, this ensemble has created a space for itself within the local music community that no one can come close to filling.”

-Vermont Times Sentinel

“The real jewel of the evening was Haydn's Symphony no. 6 "Le Matin"...The performance was impeccable, bringing this young but very exciting and already indispensable group of musicians and its conductor to a permanent place in the Burlington musical hierarchy.”

- Vermont Times Sentinel