Carolyn Kuan to lead HSO in musical tribute to American heroes at Celebrate America! July 3

Program to Close with Dazzling Fireworks Display

SIMSBURY, June 19, 2013 –From the brave men and women of the armed forces to the citizens, politicians, and historical figures who founded the United States, America is a county built on heroes. The Hartford Symphony Orchestra will pay musical tribute to American heroes at Celebrate America! during the Talcott Mountain Music Festival on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. at  the Performing Arts Center at Simsbury Meadows.

Led by HSO music director Carolyn Kuan, concert highlights will include Lowden’s Armed Forces Salute,  Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, and John Philip Sousa’s Stars and Stripes Forever and Semper Fidelis. Asylum Hill Congregational Church music director Steven Mitchell will lead his Sanctuary Choir and the HSO in a stirring performance of Battle Hymn of the Republic. Additionally, there will a presentation by the Color Guard and dramatic readings of the iconic speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King., Jr., Abraham Lincoln, Nathan Hale,  John F. Kennedy, and more by actors Robert Honeysucker and Rachel Hewitt Spencer. The concert will culminate with a dazzling fireworks display.

A recipient of the Boston Globe’s Musician of the Year award in 1995, vocalist and actor Robert Honeysucker has sung with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, Salt Lake Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony and the symphonies of St. Louis, Sacramento, Omaha, Roanoke, St. Paul, Long Island, NY, and Flagstaff, AZ. He serves on the voice faculties at The Boston Conservatory and The Longy School of Music.

Rachel Spencer Hewitt is a graduate of the prestigious Yale School of Drama where she received her Masters of Fine Arts degree in Acting and where she received the Pierre Andre-Salim award for raising the standard of excellence. She recently made her off-Broadway debut in Paula Vogel’s A Civil War Christmas  at The New York Theater Workshop and has performed in regional theatres around the country, including Servant of Two Masters, All’s Well That Ends Well, Strange Interlude, and Much Ado About Nothing at the Shakespeare Theatre Company;  the world premiere of Fly By Night at Palo Alto’s TheatreWorks and performed Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at the English Theatre of Vienna.

The Sanctuary Choir of Asylum Hill Congregational Church (AHCC) is comprised of 67 singer/musicians who, through their talent and their spirits, provide musical leadership for Sunday worship services and community events.  Under the leadership of Steve Mitchell and Dan Campolieta and with eight professional section leaders the choir has partnered with CONCORA, the New Haven Symphony, and, most recently, the HSO as part of the 2012 Holiday POPS! Spectacular.

The 2013 Talcott Mountain Music Festival continues through July 26. On July 12, Rob Zappulla and his big band will join the HSO for a night of Frank Sinatra’s most swinging hits at Sinatra Under the Stars. Popular Boston Pops guest conductor James Orent will lead the HSO in the Movie Music of John Williams, including soundtrack music from Star Wars, Harry Potter, Indiana Jones, and more. The festival will end July 26 with The Rolling Stones Tribute: 50 Years of Satisfaction.

with Carolyn Kuan, conductor; Robert Honeysucker and Rachel Hewitt Spencer, narrators; Sanctuary Choir of Asylum Hill Congregational Church- Steven Mitchell, director
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 ? 7:30 p.m.
Performing Arts Center at Simsbury Meadows ?Fireworks to Follow

Program: John Smith: Star Spangled Banner;  Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: 1812, Overture Solennelle, Op. 49; Bob Lowden: Armed Forces Salute (The Official Songs of the U.S. Army, Coast Guard, Marines, Air Forces and Navy); Morton Gould: American Salute; James Horner: Medley from “Titanic;” John Williams:  The Raiders March from “Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark;” William Steffe: Battle Hymn of the Republic; Samuel Ward/ Irving Berlin: America The Beautiful/ God Bless America; John Philip Sousa: Semper Fidelis and The Stars and Stripes Forever; Traditional : Oh Shenandoah (Across the Wide Missouri); Peter Boyer: The Dream Lives On: A Portrait of the Kennedy Brothers

Ticket Information: Subscriptions to the 2013 Talcott Mountain Music Festival range in price from $100-$1420; single tickets range in price from $20-$45; and lawn tickets for kids 12 and under are $5. Discounts are available for tickets purchased in advance. For more ticketing information, please contact HSO ticket services at (860) 244-2999 or visit www.hartfordsymphony.org.

Additional Information: Gates open at 6:00 p.m. for all Talcott Mountain Music Festival concerts. Open to all ticket holders, the HSO Education Tent is open from 6:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.; families can enjoy free activities such as music-themed games and crafts, the “Instrument Zoo,” and youth performances.  In the case of severe weather, this concert will be performed on Friday, July 5 at the same time.

The 2013 Talcott Mountain Music Festival is presented by Hartford Hospital. The 2013 Festival Sponsor is The Richard P. Garmany Fund at Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. Sinatra Under the Stars is sponsored by Classic Hotels of Connecticut. The 2013 Talcott Mountain Music Festival receives Festival Patron support from Falcetti Music, Paine’s, Inc, Seabury, The Hartford, and UBS Realty Investors; Festival Benefactor support from Chubb, Cigna, Ensign Bickford Industries, HB Group, Show Lighting, Simscroft Echo, Travelers, and Viking Fuel Oil; and Festival Friend support from 2fly wines, Bank of America, Big Y, CL&P, Dornenburg – Kallenbach Advertising, Ethel Walker School, Federman, Lally, and Remis, Fitzgerald Foods, JP Morgan Chase, Metro Bis, Motley Rice, Murphy, Laudati, Kiel, Buttler & Rattigan LLC, Robert Hensley and Associates, Simsbury Bank, The Aegis Group, Tom and Suzy Reich, and United Healthcare. The Education Tent Sponsor is sponsored by Westminster School. Fireworks are sponsored by the Town of Simsbury. Generous support for the Hartford Symphony Orchestra is provided by the Greater Hartford Arts Council, the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, and with support from the Department of Economic and Community Development, Connecticut Office of the Arts which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. The Hartford Symphony Orchestra 2012-2013 Season is sponsored by Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.

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