June 9, 2017
Vermont Symphony Orchestra Announces TD Summer Festival Tour

News Release — Vermont Symphony Orchestra
June 9, 2017

Contact:
Sara Munro
press@vso.org
802.363.532

VSO Announces TD Bank Summer Festival Tour

BURLINGTON, VT: The Vermont Symphony Orchestra announces their seven-concert 2017 TD Bank Summer Festival Tour running July 2-9. While covering every corner of the state, the program will highlight America’s musical melting pot, featuring music written by immigrant composers across the globe, around the theme of this year’s tour: E Pluribus Unum. “Our TD Bank Summer Festival Tour recognizes the breadth of cultures and heritages that formed the foundation of our union,” said VSO Executive Director Benjamin Cadwallader. “Music and art have always brought us closer to one another, defining us by our shared human existence. In that spirit, as well as the diversity that continues to unite and inspire our communities, we celebrate unequivocally that together we are one.”

To honor the great American melting pot, guest conductor Christopher James Lees chose traditional Fourth of July standards and composers from five different countries, including the unique piece, Speak, by Syrian-born composer Kinan Abou-afach, now living in Philadelphia. “We are honored that award-winning Conductor Christopher James Lees can take an extended stop on his world travels to spend this much time in Vermont,” said Cadwallader. ”We are particularly touched by his musical choices that remind us that strength, beauty, and creativity endures; even in the face of division.”

This year’s summer tour will also feature world-renowned bandoneon player Hector Del Curto, who appears with the VSO through a new partnership between the VSO and the Stowe Tango Music Society. Hector make his VSO debut performing works for Bandoneon and orchestra by Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla. http://stowetangomusicfestival.com/

Tickets for all venues are available on the VSO website: www.vso.org/event. All concerts begin at 7:30 pm and will close with fireworks for a picnic-perfect evening for all ages.

VSO TD Bank Summer Festival Tour Dates
July 2: Riley Rink, Manchester
July 3: Grafton Ponds, Grafton
July 4: Shelburne Museum, Shelburne
July 6: Top Inn, Chittenden
July 7: Okemo Resort, Ludlow
July 8: Three Stallion Inn, Randolph
July 9: Trapp Family Lodge Concert Meadow, Stowe

Program
Dudley Buck: Festival Overture on the Star Spangled Banner
Morton Gould: American Salute
Duke Ellington: Fantasy
Astor Piazzolla: Concerto for Bandoneon & Orchestra (3rd mvt)
Astor Piazzolla: Libertango
Leroy Anderson: Blue Tango
Leroy Anderson: Bugler’s Holiday
Leroy Anderson: Fiddle Faddle
intermission
John Williams: Liberty Fanfare
Erich Korngold: The Sea Hawk Suite
Kinan Abou-afach: Speak
Irving Berlin: Tribute
Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture
Alford: Colonel Bogey March
Sousa: Stars & Stripes Forever

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