Nothing captures the joy of a summer in Vermont quite like performing at the historic Suicide Six ski area, just up the road from Woodstock, where the VSO was founded. We are so grateful for our friends at Pentangle Arts and our loyal audience who make this concert such a success. We wish we were spending the evening with all of you, surrounded by green hills and our favorite retro ski lodge, and hope that you can get into the spirit of the Summer Festival Tour today, wherever you are!
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.
Concert Sponsors and Partners
Sponsor Spotlight: Woodstock Inn
When we explored our options for returning to South Pomfret, Woodstock Inn was instrumental in helping make it a success. From making connections to community partners to expanding our marketing reach, we are grateful for the partnership with Woodstock Inn and their generous support.
This concert wouldn’t be possible without a few more key players: Alita Wilson, Executive Director of Pentangle Arts, who works tirelessly to bring high-quality arts programming to the area, and longstanding volunteer Michael Bellefeuille. Michael masterminds the parking egress at the concert, and also dons a chef’s apron and caters our musicians’ dinner. We miss working with these two, and hope you’re as happy to hear their messages as we are.
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).