VT Symphony Orchestra July 4th Performance

Fireworks at Shelburne Farms

Pack a picnic basket and celebrate the sound of summer in Vermont with the VSO! This year’s program, “Strike Up the Orchestra!” was crafted by guest conductor Sharon Lavery, making her VSO debut. The orchestra showcases the composers who set America to music: Gershwin, Joplin, Bernstein, Copland, and the foremost film composer of our generation, John Williams. VSO Principal Clarinet Kelli O’Connor is our featured soloist in a jazzy concerto written by Artie Shaw. Each concert closes with a dazzling fireworks display accompanying Tchaikovsky’s famous 1812 Overture and the beloved marches of John Philip Sousa.

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Please note that online advance sales end on July 3 at 3:00 pm. Advance price tickets will be available for sale from 12:00-2:00 pm at Shelburne Museum on July 4.

Southern Smoke barbecue and Silver Scoops ice cream will be available for purchase at the concert!


  • SMITH – Star Spangled Banner
  • BERNSTEIN – Overture to Candide
  • COPLAND – “Hoedown” from Rodeo
  • GRAINGER – Irish Tune from County Derry
  • SHAW – Clarinet Concerto
  • PINAR TOPRAK – “Open World” from Captain Marvel
  • JOPLIN, arr. Cacavas – Music from The Sting
  • Intermission
  • GERSHWIN, arr. Campbell/Watson – Strike Up the Band
  • GERSHWIN, arr. Bennett – Selections from Porgy and Bess
  • JOHN WILLIAMS – John Williams Suite: Selections from Superman Returns, arr. Bob Cerulli; Theme from Jurassic Park; Raiders March
  • TCHAIKOVSKY – 1812 Overture (excerpt)
  • SOUSA – Liberty Bell March
  • SOUSA – Stars and Stripes Forever


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

Rain site: Robert E. Miller Center at Champlain Valley Expo, 105 Pearl Street, Essex Jct., VT 05452

While smoking and animals (except assistance and service animals) are not allowed at any VSO show, we encourage you to bring a picnic blanket, folding chairs, and whatever you need to comfortably enjoy the outdoors, such as insect repellent and water. 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.

For venue accessibility information, please contact Shelburne Museum at (802) 985-3346.