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Summer Festival Tour: Symphony of Stars – Castleton

July 2 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm


Celebrate the great outdoors and VSO’s 90th birthday with the 2024 Summer Festival Tour: Symphony of Stars! Join the orchestra for spectacular evenings of music by Sufjan Stevens, Margaret Bonds, Vermont’s own Erik Nielsen, John Philip Sousa marches, John Williams’ E.T. score and more – plus spectacular solos from VSO’s musicians! Music Director Andrew Crust leads the ensemble featuring Principal Cello John Dunlop, Principal Clarinet Kelli O’Connor, and Principal Percussion D. Thomas Toner. Bring your picnic and relax under balmy summer skies with your Vermont Symphony Orchestra, presented in partnership with The Paramount Theatre.



Vermont State University Castleton Pavilion
360 South St, Castleton, VT 05735

Gates open at 5:30 pm for picnicking
Concert begins at 7:30 pm

Advance Ticket Prices:
Adults: $28
Ages 6-17: $5
5 and under: Free

Gate Prices:
Adults: $35
Ages 6-17: $5
5 and under: Free

Rain site: Paramount Theatre, 30 Center St., Rutland, VT 05701

We encourage you to bring:
– A picnic blanket or folding chairs
– Sunscreen & sunglasses
– Insect repellant
– Water
– Whatever you need to comfortably enjoy the outdoors

Sun umbrellas are welcome until the start of the concert. Flashlights are also suggested to help you find your way to your car after the sun has set. Smoking and animals (except assistance and service animals) are not allowed at any VSO show.


Andrew Crust, conductor

Francis Scott Key – The Star-Spangled Banner
Jim Stephenson – Fanfare for Democracy
George Green, arr. Cahn – Xylophonia (Dr. D. Thomas Toner, solo xylophone)
Sufjan Stevens, arr. Atkinson – Suite from “Run Rabbit, Run”, Movements I, II, and IV
Gabriel Fauré – Élégie for Cello and Orchestra (John Dunlop, solo cello)
John Williams – ET: Adventures on Earth


Erik Nielsen – Matt’s Tune, ballad for orchestra
Frank Ticheli – Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra, Movement III (Kelli O’Connor, solo clarinet)
Margaret Bonds – Montgomery Variations, Movements I, III, and VII
Morton Gould – American Salute
John Philip Sousa – Stars and Stripes Forever


This concert is presented in partnership with The Paramount Theatre and is made possible with generous support from:


July 2
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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