Celebrate all summer long at the Hartford Symphony Orchestra’s annual Talcott Mountain Music Festival. Pack your picnic, attend with family and friends, relax under the stars, and enjoy the Hartford Symphony Orchestra under Music Director Carolyn Kuan and distinguished guest conductors. It all happens at the beautiful Performing Arts Center at Simsbury Meadows in downtown Simsbury – the heart of the scenic Farmington Valley.
2018 Talcott Mountain Music Festival
June 29-July 27
Summer officially begins with Connecticut’s favorite Independence Day celebration! Featuring the Asylum Hill Congregational Church Choir, the Newington Church of Christ Congregational Choir, and soprano Sonja Dutoit Tengblad, this program will include all of your patriotic favorites, plus a tribute to Leonard Bernstein. Stay for fireworks following the concert! Conducted by Adam Boyles.More Information ?
This dynamic, crowd-pleasing, studio-tight Chicago tribute pays spectacular attention to every detail of the Chicago songbook! Your HSO and a full rock band will perform hits like “Saturday In The Park,” “If You Leave Me Now,” “25 or 6 To 4,” and “You’re The Inspiration.” Brass Transit has left crowds in awe and on their feet more than once, evoking comments like “spine-tingling,” “brought me back to my youth,” and “perfect in every detail.” Conducted by Adam Boyles.More Information ?
The one and only Doc Severinsen pays homage to the American songbook and highlights some of his favorite tunes of the Big Band era and beyond. Doc takes a trip down memory lane and shares some of his favorite stories and greatest musical influences. An exciting program of musical gems, Doc’s incredible trumpet playing and his candid connection to the music makes this an evening to remember forever! Conducted by Adam Boyles.More Information ?
We honor the big screen on July 20! Sit back, relax, and enjoy music from all of your favorite Academy Award-nominated films, including Chicago, The Godfather, Forrest Gump, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Amadeus and more. It will be a night of movie magic you won’t want to miss! Conducted by Adam Boyles.More Information ?
Break out the Aqua Net! REWIND: Celebrating the Music of the 80s takes audiences back in time on a fun-filled musical journey of hits from the decade when parachute pants were cool and big hair was in style. Backed by a rock band and fabulous vocalists, your HSO will bring you music by artists like Wham, U2, INXS, Kool and the Gang, REM, Billy Joel – and much more! Conducted by Adam Boyles.More Information ?
Grass Passes and Table Subscriptions are available by visiting the Bushnell Box Office, 166 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, between the hours of 10 am and 5 pm, or by calling 860-987-5900. Single tickets are available at the Box Office, by phone, or online. On-site Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center hours are below.
Grass Passes may be used in any combination for any concerts in the 2018 Talcott Mountain Music Festival; attendees may bring Grass Passes straight to the gate for admission.
Adult Grass Pass: 10 adult lawn tickets are $250 (save $50 off gate prices)
Adult Half Grass Pass: 5 adult lawn tickets are $125 (save $25 off gate prices)
Child Grass Pass: 10 child (age 12 and under) lawn tickets for $50
Family Pack: 12 lawn tickets (6 adult and 6 child tickets) for $180 (save $50 off gate prices)
Tables for eight people are located right in front of the stage.
Single Table Seats: 5-Concert Subscription for $190 (save $35 off gate prices)
Full Table: 5-Concert Table Subscription, 8 seats per table for $1,420 (save $380 off gate prices)
Single Concert Prices
Lawn Seating* $25 in advance, $30 gate
Single Table Seat $40 advance, $45 gate
Full Table (8 seats) $320 advance, $360 gate
Children** Lawn tickets $5
* Advance ticket sales are available until 5pm the day of the concert. Tickets purchased after 5pm are subject to the gate price.
** Age 12 and under
On-site Box Office
Simsbury Meadows, 22 Iron Horse Blvd
2017 Simsbury Box Office hours will be Thursday and Friday 11 am-7 pm beginning the week of June 25. The Box Office will also be open 11 am-7 pm daily from Monday, June 25 through Friday, June 29. Tickets can be purchased at The Bushnell, 166 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, in advance.
Will Call: All tickets to be held in Will Call will be held at Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center, NOT The Bushnell.
Lawn tickets also available at Fitzgerald’s Foods, Simsbury.
All ticket sales are final. No refunds.
Charge by phone
Call 860-987-5900, 10:00am to 5:00pm, Monday – Friday
Bring a Group & Save!
Adult lawn seat tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children under 12 for groups of 10 or more. 860-987-5959 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
All ticket sales are final. No refunds. A $10 order fee will apply. Offer expires one (1) week prior to concert date.
Call the Box Office at 860-987-5900, Monday – Friday 10:00am to 5:00pm
Simsbury Meadows, 22 Iron Horse Blvd.,
parallel to Hopmeadow St. (Rt. 10/202),
in downtown Simsbury, CT
Gates open at 6:00pm for picnicking.
Friends of the Festival may enter at 5:30pm.
Concerts begin at 7:30pm
The HSO asks that you please car pool whenever possible. A limited number of parking passes for lots on site are available for purchase for each concert for $10 per vehicle (including handicapped-accessible parking). Limited free parking is available off Iron Horse Blvd. and throughout Simsbury. Convenient, handicapped-accessible shuttle service is also available from Henry James Memorial Middle School, beginning at 5:30pm each evening.
Tables are Selling Fast!
For the ultimate picnic experience – and an up close view – try reserved tables directly in front of the stage, offering seating for up to eight people.
Free Family Activities
Stop by the Eversource Family Fun Zone for fun, music-themed activities before each concert (6:00pm – 7:15pm)
Bring a Picnic… or Just an Appetite!
Choose from a large selection of food for purchase on site at a variety of concession tents. Wine, beer, soda and water will also be available for purchase at the concerts.
As an added convenience, catering will be available from Metro Bis (860-651-7417). Detailed menu and ordering information will be mailed with tickets. Additionally, local Festival Supporters – Ana’s Kitchen, Fitzgerald’s Market, Harvest Café & Bakery, Kane’s Market and Popover Bistro & Bakery have wonderful menus from which you can call in orders to pick up on your way!
In the case of severe weather, rain dates for concerts will be the Saturday night after the scheduled concert at the same time (except for Brass Transit: The Musical Legacy of Chicago, Here’s Doc! Celebrating 60 Years in Show Business, and Magical Movie Music, which are rain or shine). Postponement announcements will be made on WRCH (100.5 FM) and WTIC (1080 AM). Call 860-987-5900 or visit www.talcottmountain.org for weather bulletins.
First Aid services are available in the northwest corner of the site, near the back of the lawn. Trained First Responder personnel are also stationed throughout the grounds
Friends of the Festival
Among many other benefits, as a Friends of the Festival member you and your family will be granted early access to the site to select and set up your spot on the lawn. For more information, please contact the HSO Development Department at (860) 760-7302.
Please help by bagging your trash and depositing it in the available containers.
Strictly Prohibited on the Grounds
Smoking, hard liquor, drugs, ball playing or other sports equipment, pets, fireworks, sparklers, firearms or any other incendiary device, radios, boom-boxes or other stereo equipment, solicitation or unauthorized concessions or handouts, tents, tarps and large tables, lewdness, drunkenness or other inappropriate behavior. Audio and video recording and flash photography are prohibited during the performance.
Lost and Found
Lost and Found is located in the First Aid Tent during the concert. At all other times those items will be available at the Simsbury Performing Arts Center Office (the small red building located near the playground).
Portable toilets are located on site.
Handicapped parking and accessible restrooms are designated at the concert site. To access handicapped parking you will need a state handicapped permit on your vehicle. The handicapped entrance is located at the southeast corner of the festival grounds. Handicapped-accessible shuttle service is also available from Henry James Memorial Middle School beginning at 5:30 pm. There are a limited number of handicapped parking spots at both locations, for a $10 fee.
The Talcott Mountain Music Festival is located at 22 Iron Horse Blvd., one block east of Rt. 10/202 in historic downtown Simsbury, CT.
From Hartford: Take Albany Avenue (Route 44) westbound to Avon. At the second intersection of Routes 44 and 10/202 (white church), turn right onto 10/202 toward Simsbury. Follow for 4.6 miles to Drake Hill Road. Turn right onto Drake Hill Road to first left onto Iron Horse Blvd. Please follow signs as directed.
Directions from I-84: Take Exit 39 to Farmington. At the intersection of Routes 4 and 10 in the center of Farmington, turn right onto Route 10 (Waterville Rd.). At the intersection of Route 10 and 44, turn left onto Route 44 (East Main Street) toward Avon. In the center of Avon, at the intersection of Route 44 and 10/202 (white church), turn right onto 10/202 toward Simsbury. Follow for 4.6 miles to Drake Hill Road. Turn right onto Drake Hill Road to first left onto Iron Horse Blvd.