Hartford Symphony Orchestra’s 2015 Talcott Mountain Music Festival to open June 26 with Mambo Kings

Mambo Kings
Mambo Kings

SIMSBURY, May 29, 2015 –The Hartford Symphony Orchestra’s summer series, the Talcott Mountain Music Festival, will open with Mambo Kings on Friday, June 26, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center at Simsbury Meadows.  This concert will be conducted by Bob Bernhardt. Rain date is Saturday, June 27.

About Mambo Kings
Mambo Kings, together since 1995, are enjoying great success as America’s foremost Latin Jazz ensemble, and have rapidly earned a national reputation for their explosive blend of Afro-Cuban rhythms and jazz improvisation. Since their orchestral debut, Mambo Kings have appeared in Pops concerts throughout the country, performing original compositions and arrangements by pianist Richard DeLaney. Recent/Upcoming appearances with The Florida Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Oregon Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, and Rochester and Buffalo Philharmonics.

Mambo Kings Hot Latin Nights! takes the audience on a fascinating journey through the music of Latin America and the U.S. From the sultry melancholy of Astor Piazzolla and the burning Afro Cuban jazz of Tito Puente, to the rhythmic playfulness of jazz great Dave Brubeck and the pop strains of The Beatles, Mambo Kings will be your guide on a Latin jazz tour of the Pan American experience, featuring original orchestral arrangements and compositions of music from the U.S., Perú, Argentina, Cuba and Puerto Rico.

About Bob Bernhardt
With 31 years of experience as a Music Director, 35 years as a conductor of Pops, and 33 years in the opera pit, Bob Bernhardt brings a unique perspective and ability each time he is on the podium, and in every genre. In 2015, Mr. Bernhardt was named Principal Pops Conductor of the Grand Rapids Symphony and is currently in his 18th season as Principal Pops Conductor of the Louisville Orchestra (and in his 33rd consecutive season there), and in his 3rd season as Music Director Emeritus and Principal Pops Conductor of the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera (where he was Music Director for 19 seasons).  He is also Artist-in-Residence at Lee University since 2012. This season marks his 22nd as a frequent guest of the Boston Pops, which he first conducted at John Williams’ invitation in 1992.

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, June 26, 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.
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 (June 27) 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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