Hartford Symphony To Celebrate America with Music and Fireworks at Talcott Mountain Music Festival July 3

Photo by Steven Laschever
Photo by Steven Laschever

SIMSBURY, June 19, 2014 –The Hartford Symphony Orchestra will Celebrate America with music and fireworks on Thursday, July 3, 2014 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 Travelers Chorale, 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 all-American favorites by John Williams, George Gershwin and more.

Born in Canada and raised in Simsbury, Connecticut, Eric Dudley enjoys a busy schedule of performances as a conductor, vocalist, pianist and composer in the New York City area and abroad. After distinguished tenures as Assistant Conductor for both the Cincinnati and Princeton symphony orchestras, he was recently appointed Principal Conductor for the 2013/14 season with the Adelphi Chamber Orchestra in New Jersey. His latest guest conducting engagements include the TENET vocal ensemble, International Contemporary Ensemble, and the Melbourne International Arts Festival. He also directs the Mannes Prep Philharmonic and co-directs The New School Chorus at Mannes College/The New School for Music. In 2009, Eric became a founding member of the adventurous vocal octet Roomful of Teeth, whose debut album received a 2014 Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance.

Celebrate America
with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra; Eric Dudley, conductor; Travelers Chorale, Kenneth Ferris, director
Thursday, July 3, 2014 ? 7:30 p.m.

Eric Dudley, guest conductor
Eric Dudley, guest conductor

Performing Arts Center at Simsbury Meadows
Program: Smith Star Spangled Banner; Gould: American Salute; Dvo?ák: Scherzo from Symphony No.9, “From the New World”; Copland: Variations on a Shaker Theme; Ives: Variations on “America”; Lowden: Armed Forces Salute (The Official Songs of the U.S. Army, Coast Guard, Marines, Air Forces and Navy); Williams: Superman March; Ellington: It Don’t Mean a Thing if it Ain’t Got That Swing; Gershwin: Porgy and Bess: A Symphonic Picture; Berlin: God Bless America; Elgar: “Nimrod” from Enigma Variations and Pomp & Circumstance March No.4 in G Major; Tchaikovsky: 1812, Overture Solennelle, Op. 49; Sousa: The Stars and Stripes Forever

Ticket Information: Subscriptions to the 2014 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 the following night (July 4) at the same time.

The 2014 Talcott Mountain Music Festival is sponsored by St. Francis Care and The Richard P. Garmany Fund at Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. Broadway Rocks! is sponsored by Hartford HealthCare. Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong: A Musical Tribute is sponsored by Classic Hotels of Connecticut. The 2014 Talcott Mountain Music Festival receives Festival Patron support from Falcetti Music, Paine’s Recycling and Rubbish Removal, Seabury, and UBS Realty Investors, LLC; Festival Benefactor support from Cigna, Ensign-Bickford Industries, Inc., Forethought Life Insurance Company, Simscroft-Echo Farms/Girard Brothers Corporation, The Hartford, Travelers, Viking Fuel Oil Company; and Festival Friend support from Big Y, CL&P, Dornenburg Kallenbach Advertising, Ethel Walker School, Federman Lally & Remis, LLC, Fitzgerald’s Foods, JP Morgan Chase, Metro Bis, Motley Rice, LLC, Murphy, Laudati, Kiel, Buttler & Rattigan, LLC, Robert Hensley & Associates, LLC, Robinson & Cole, Simsbury Bank, Spotwine, Tom & Suzy Reich. 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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