Talcott Mountain Music Festival

Celebrate America!

July 5, 2024 (July 6 contingency date)

Simsbury Performing Arts Center, Simsbury, CT
Concert: 7:30 PM
Gates Open: 6 PM


Carolyn Kuan conductor
Ed Fast and his Conga Bop Latin jazz septet


The HSO presents its annual “Celebrate America!” concert, led by the esteemed Hartford Symphony Orchestra music director Carolyn Kuan. This patriotic extravaganza, accompanied by a spectacular fireworks display.  Joining the orchestra for this special occasion is the renowned percussionist Ed Fast and his Conga Bop Latin jazz septet, adding their unique flair to the festivities. 

Ed Fast, a familiar face in the Hartford region and Hartt School alumnus, is a versatile percussionist as comfortable sitting-in with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra as he is touring with premier Broadway roadshows or gigging in bands accompanying big-name favorites. His Conga-Bop septet is known for its simultaneously lighthearted and hard-swinging Latin jazz and will add an extra layer of excitement to the program. 


Become a Friend of the Festival and access seating in the front lawn Friend of the Festival section and early entry onto the grounds.

Use your smartphone to access our digital Playbill– don’t forget to silence it!

Bring your food and drinks or grab something from one of the food locations on site.

Applaud when you like what you hear – don’t worry about the “right” time!

Wear what you want – be comfortable.

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