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! The Hartford Symphony Orchestra’s Talcott Mountain Music Festival presents Here’s Doc! Celebrating 60 Years in Show Business on Friday, July 13, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. at Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center in Simsbury, CT. This concert will be conducted by HSO Assistant Conductor Adam Boyles. Visit hartfordsymphony.org for tickets and information.
Doc takes a trip down memory lane and shares some of his favorite stories and greatest musical influences! With an exciting program of musical gems, Doc’s incredible trumpet playing, his candid connection to the music, as well as our incredible HSO musicians, this will be an evening to remember forever! This performance also features vocalists Vanessa Thomas and Joseph Wolverton.
This event is rain or shine.
The 2018 Talcott Mountain Music Festival continues through July 27. Upcoming concerts include:
Magical Movie Music: July 20
Rewind: Celebrating the Music of the 80’s: July 27
Hartford Symphony Orchestra’s Talcott Mountain Music Festival
Here’s Doc! Celebrating 60 Years in Show Business
Friday, July 13, 2018 / 7:30 p.m.
Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center
Ticket Information: Advance single lawn tickets are $25 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Adult single lawn tickets are $30 at the gate. Table and GrassPass subscriptions range in price from $125-$1420. For more information, visit www.hartfordsymphony.org or call 860-987-5900.
Additional Information: Gates open at 6 p.m. for all Talcott Mountain Music Festival concerts. Open to all ticket holders, the Family Fun Zone 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 Petting Zoo, and youth performances.
About Doc Severinsen
Doc Severinsen’s accomplishments began in his hometown of Arlington, Oregon where he was born on July 7th, 1927, and was nicknamed “Little Doc” after his father, Dr. Carl Severinsen, a dentist and gifted amateur violinist. At age seven, Doc was asked to join the high school band and at twelve, he won the Music Educator’s National Contest. While still in high school, he was hired to go on the road with the famous Ted Fio Rito Orchestra. He served in the Army during World War II and following his discharge, landed a spot with the Charlie Barnett Band and in the late 40s toured with the Tommy Dorsey and Benny Goodman bands.
After his touring days, Doc arrived in New York City in 1949 to become a staff musician for NBC. After years of playing with NBC’s studio bands, in 1962 Severinsen was invited to join the highly respected Tonight Show Band as first trumpet. Five years later, Doc took over as Music Director for The Tonight Show and stayed with the show until Johnny Carson retired from late night television in 1992.
Today, Doc tours regularly with his own Big Band and continues to perform with symphony orchestras and big bands all over the country. With more than 30 albums to his credit, Severinsen has recorded everything from big band and jazz-fusion to classical works. He received a 1987 Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Performance—Big Band for his recording Doc Severinsen and the Tonight Show Band—Volume I.
Sponsors of the 2018 Talcott Mountain Music Festival: Festival Presenting Benefactor the Richard P. Garmany Fund at Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, Celebrate America concert sponsor Citizens Bank, and the following: Ana’s Kitchen, Barnes Group, Inc., JP Morgan Chase, Cigna, Classic Hotels of Connecticut, Educational Playcare, Ensign-Bickford, Dornenburg Kallenbach Advertising, Eversource, Falcetti Music, Federman, Lally & Remis, Fitzgerald’s Foods, Hartford HealthCare, Harvest Café, Hoffman Auto Group, Kane’s Market, McLean, Metro Bis, Motley Rice, Paine’s Inc., Popover Bistro, Robinson & Cole, Seabury Active Life Plan Community, Simcroft-Echo Farms, Simsbury Bank, Show Lighting Corp., St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center, Stanley Black & Decker, TD Bank, UBS, United Healthcare, University of Hartford Barney School of Business, Viking Fuel Oil Company, Webster Bank, and Wells Fargo. Generous support for the Hartford Symphony Orchestra is provided by the Greater Hartford Arts Council, the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, and the Connecticut Office of Tourism. Sponsors listed as of June 13.