Hartford Symphony Orchestra’s 2015 Talcott Mountain Music Festival continues July 3 with Celebrate America

Talcott Mountain Music Festival (photo credit: Alan Grant)
Talcott Mountain Music Festival (photo: Alan Grant)

The Hartford Symphony Orchestra’s Talcott Mountain Music Festival will Celebrate America with music and fireworks on Friday, July 3, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center at Simsbury Meadows.  Led by guest conductor and former Simsbury High School student Eric Dudley and featuring the vocal forces of the Asylum Hill Congregational Church Choir, this program will feature such patriotic favorites as The Star Spangled Banner, Armed Forces Salute, Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, and Sousa’s Stars and Stripes Forever, plus music of the Americas including spirituals, South American folk music, Dixieland, and more. Fireworks will take place after the concert.  Rain date is Saturday, July 4.

About Eric Dudley
Eric Dudley leads a diverse musical career as a conductor, singer, pianist and composer. Following a distinguished tenure as Assistant Conductor to Paavo Järvi at the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, his recent conducting engagements include New York’s International Contemporary Ensemble, Tenet Vocal Ensemble and Ensemble Signal, the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, the Princeton Symphony Orchestra and Adelphi Chamber Orchestra in New Jersey, and the Melbourne Arts Festival and Bendigo Festival in Australia. He also serves on the conducting faculty of Mannes College/The New School for Music in New York, where he directs the Mannes Prep Philharmonic and The New School Chorus.

Eric Dudley
Eric Dudley

In 2009, Eric became a founding member of the vocal octet Roomful of Teeth, whose debut album earned a Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance. By commissioning new works that explore an ever-widening range of vocal techniques and world singing styles, the group has built a busy touring schedule at home and abroad. As a full-time member of the Grammy-nominated Choir of Trinity Wall Street in New York, Eric has served in the capacity of chorusmaster, assistant and guest conductor for several of the Trinity Choir and Baroque Orchestra’s concert programs and appeared as a tenor soloist at both Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. He has been a guest pianist and chamber musician with members of the Cincinnati, Princeton and Albany symphony orchestras, and his compositions have been premiered and recorded by the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Quey Percussion Duo, and Roomful of Teeth. He studied composition, piano and voice at the Eastman School of Music, and trained as a conductor at the Brevard and Aspen music festivals and as a recipient of his Master’s and Doctorate degrees from Yale.

The 2015 Talcott Mountain Music Festival continues through July 24. Concerts include:
Celebrate America: July 3
20 Seasons in Simsbury: July 10
Classical Night Fever: July 17
The Music of Queen: July 24

Friday, July 3, 2015 ? 7:30 p.m.
Performing Arts Center at Simsbury Meadows
Ticket Information: Subscriptions to the 2015 Talcott Mountain Music Festival range in price from $100-$1420; Advance single lawn tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Adult single lawn tickets are $25 at the gate.   For more ticketing information, please contact HSO ticket services at 860-987-5900 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 the following night (Saturday, July 4) at the same time.

The 2015 Talcott Mountain Music Festival is sponsored by The Richard P. Garmany Fund at Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. Hartford HealthCare is Concert Sponsor for the July 3 Celebrate America concert and Classic Hotels of Connecticut is Concert Sponsor for the July 10 20 Seasons in Simsbury concert. Festival Patron support comes from Falcetti Music, Paine’s Recycling and Rubbish Removal, Seabury, Seabury at Home, UBS Realty Investors, LLC, and Webster Bank; Festival Benefactor support from Ensign-Bickford Industries, Inc., Simscroft-Echo Farms/Girard Brothers Corporation, Travelers, Viking Fuel Oil Company; and Festival Friend support from Barnes Group, Inc.,  Big Y, Ethel Walker School, Eversource, Fitzgerald’s Foods, The Hartford, JP Morgan Chase & Co., Metro Bis, Motley Rice, LLC, Murphy, Laudati, Kiel, Buttler & Rattigan, LLC, Robert Hensley & Associates, LLC, Robinson & Cole, Simsbury Bank, Stanley Black & Decker, TD Bank and UnitedHealthcare. The Education Tent Sponsor is Renbrook School. The Fireworks Sponsor is The Master’s School. 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.

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