On July 8, 2015

VSO summer festival tour brings final three performances to area venues

By Bill Jalbert, courtesy of VSO

Fireworks conclude the Vermont Symphony Orchestra’s summer festival concerts.

July 9, 10, 11 — The annual Vermont Symphony Orchestra Summer Festival Tour continues with concerts at three area venues this week. Performances will be held on Thursday, July 9 at Suicide Six Ski Area, South Pomfret; Friday, July 10 at Okemo Mountain Resort’s Jackson Gore Inn, Ludlow; and Saturday, July 11 at Three Stallion Inn, Randolph. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Music lovers can celebrate the long-awaited coming of summer with picnics, pops and fireworks.

“We start getting calls about our Summer Festival Tour around February,” says Marketing Director Amy Caldwell. “This tour has become a Vermont summer tradition, and we love bringing an evening of great music and fireworks — paired with our fans’ perfect picnics — to spectacular outdoor settings across Vermont.”

Barbecue, wine and beer are available on site prior to the concerts, with venue grounds opening early for picnicking. As if a summer’s evening in Vermont weren’t magical enough already, under the baton of principal guest conductor, Anthony Princiotti, the VSO conjures up a dreamscape of enchantment. Wizards, witches, and trolls, oh my! Musical sorcery spirits you to Middle Earth, and then safely back to your picnic spread. As always, the concerts conclude with the spectacular 1812 Overture, marches, and fireworks.

To celebrate 80 years of beautiful music in beautiful venues throughout Vermont, the VSO has commissioned seven Vermont composers to write 80-second fanfares which will open each of our full orchestra concerts. Peter Hamlin will be the featured composer with his piece “The Ghost of John Philip Sousa.”

For more info, including prices and tickets, visit vso.org.

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