Spending the 4th of July in Shelburne is always a highlight of our Summer Festival Tour. We are grateful to have shared so many Independence Days with you, our loyal audience, and look forward to when we can all return to Shelburne Museum for more music, picnics, Adirondack views, and fireworks. We wish you a safe and happy holiday and are honored that you chose to include our music and memories in today’s festivities. Happy 4th!
It’s tradition for our musicians to get decked out in patriotic accessories and silly headgear for the final pieces of each concert, and the horn section usually takes the cake. They’ve sported a wide array of costumes over the years, and Principal Horn Shelagh Abate brings a bubble machine with her on tour to add to the fun!
Many of our musicians have their own tour traditions and favorite places to visit while traveling the state. Click here for an interactive map of Second Trumpet Greg Smith’s favorite cycling routes, and here for a map of Principal Horn Shelagh Abate’s go-to tour stops.
Sponsors, Vendors, and Community Partners
Tour Sponsors and Partners
We are so grateful for our tour sponsors and partners who help make our tour possible year after year.
Thank you also to the individuals who help to make our concerts possible.
Spotlight: Community Partners
For our Shelburne concert, we wanted to highlight multiple partners who help to make the day special. First, as a leader in the arts, we want to thank Shelburne Museum for creating a fun outdoor space for performing arts groups both local and national to perform. They, along with Higher Ground, have invested in making the space more conducive for performances and have built a summer tradition for many Vermonters. (And that view!!)
We are lucky to have so many great partners and local businesses who help to make the event special for audience members: The Flynn for selling tickets, Shelburne Vineyard, Lake Champlain Chocolates, Southern Smoke Foods, and Silver Scoops for keeping our audiences fed and hydrated, and the Vermont Teddy Bear for donating our conductor bear who debuts at the Summer Festival Tour. And of course, our fantastic volunteers. While we hope to continue to expand upon the experience for our audiences, we are grateful for those who have worked to help us bring the concert to its current level of fun. We’re looking forward to getting back to it soon.
Music and more
We always open our Summer Festival Tour concerts with The Star Spangled Banner, so three of our musicians recorded a creative tribute on oboe and English horn. Here’s Graham Powning’s “Variations on The Star Spangled Banner.”
No fireworks show would be complete without Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. When the pandemic upended this year’s tour, VSO musicians decided to record each of their parts in their own homes, so that they could still perform together—and share a musical moment with all of our extended VSO family. Please enjoy the intro courtesy of our cello section, and the finale with the full orchestra.
As the fireworks continue, it’s our tradition to play a variety of Sousa marches. Here’s The Stars and Stripes Forever, from five VSO violas.
And, in lieu of a visit to Vermont this summer, our trombone section has donned their concert attire to take care of business at home.
Looking for more music? We’ve made a playlist with some favorite pieces from past Summer Festival Tour programs (on Spotify below and YouTube here).