HSO Talcott Mountain Music Festival to Present Sinatra Under the Stars July 12

Concert to Feature Rob Zappulla and His Big Band

SIMSBURY, July 3, 2013 – The Hartford Symphony Orchestra will continue the Talcott Mountain Music Festival with Sinatra Under the Stars on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. at  the Performing Arts Center at Simsbury Meadows.  Led by Guest Conductor Jeffrey Steinberg, the HSO will be joined by Rob Zappulla and His Big Band for a program of Frank Sinatra’s biggest hits, including Come Fly With Me; You Make Me Feel So Young; I Get A Kick Out Of You; The Lady Is A Tramp; Fly Me To The Moon; I’ve Got You Under My Skin; The Way You Look Tonight; Summer Wind and more.

Rob Zappulla was the featured vocalist for the renowned Tommy Dorsey big band under the direction of the legendary Buddy Morrow.  Morrow, who performed with bandleader Tommy Dorsey, declared that “Zappulla’s talent, his rich baritone voice, his own style and interpretation of the Great American Songbook, and his prior experiences as a professional, dynamic entertainer, was a perfect match for this great Orchestra.”  The affiliation has taken this great singer on tour with the Orchestra around the globe and all the way to the 2005 President’s Inaugural Ball in Washington, D.C. He has headlined performances at the famous Birdland Jazz Club, Lincoln Center, and has been honored to often perform as guest vocalist with the United States Military Academy’s West Point Jazz Knights Big Band and Concert Band.

The 2013 Talcott Mountain Music Festival continues through July 26. On July 19, popular Boston Pops guest conductor James Orent will lead the HSO in the Movie Music of John Williams, including soundtrack music from Star Wars, Harry Potter, Indiana Jones, and more. The festival will end July 26 with The Rolling Stones Tribute: 50 Years of Satisfaction.

Featuring Rob Zappulla and his Big Band: Jeffrey Steinberg, conductor; Rob Zapulla, trumpet & vocals
Jeff Holmes, trumpet; Jonathan Ball & Jeff Taylor, alto saxophone; Jim Antonucci & Bob Depalma, tenor saxophone; Don Rooney, baritone saxophone & bass clarinet; James Argiro, piano; Dave Daddario, bass; Tom Devino, drums
Friday, July 12, 2013 ? 7:30 p.m.
Performing Arts Center at Simsbury Meadows

Program: Frank Sinatra’s most popular hit songs, including Come Fly With Me; You Make Me Feel So Young; I’ll Never Smile Again; I Get A Kick Out Of You; The Lady Is A Tramp; Fly Me To The Moon; Come Rain Or Come Shine; Call Me; Just One Of Those Things; How Do You Keep The Music Playing; That’s Life; The Song Is You; All Or Nothing At All; Goin’ Out Of My Head; I’ve Got You Under My Skin; One For My Baby; Day By Day; I Can’t Get Started; The Way You Look Tonight; Summer Wind; Luck Be A Lady; and My Way

Ticket Information: Single tickets to the 2013 Talcott Mountain Music Festival 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. Patron can bring in outside food and drink to 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 on Saturday, July 13 at the same time.

The 2013 Talcott Mountain Music Festival is presented by Hartford Hospital. The 2013 Festival Sponsor is The Richard P. Garmany Fund at Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. Sinatra Under the Stars is sponsored by Classic Hotels of Connecticut. The 2013 Talcott Mountain Music Festival receives Festival Patron support from Falcetti Music, Paine’s, Inc, Seabury, The Hartford, and UBS Realty Investors; Festival Benefactor support from Chubb, Cigna, Ensign Bickford Industries, HB Group, Show Lighting, Simscroft Echo, Travelers, and Viking Fuel Oil; and Festival Friend support from 2fly wines, Bank of America, Big Y, CL&P, Dornenburg – Kallenbach Advertising, Ethel Walker School, Federman, Lally, and Remis, Fitzgerald Foods, JP Morgan Chase, Metro Bis, Motley Rice, Murphy, Laudati, Kiel, Buttler & Rattigan LLC, Robert Hensley and Associates, Simsbury Bank, The Aegis Group, Tom and Suzy Reich, and United Healthcare. The Education Tent Sponsor is sponsored by Westminster School. Fireworks are sponsored by the Town of Simsbury. 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. The Hartford Symphony Orchestra 2012-2013 Season is sponsored by Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.

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