Pops Concert

July 1, 2016, 7:30 PM; Concert site (Kenyon Arena) open at 5:30 PM
$25 Adult, Youth $10; children under 12 admitted free

photo by Trent Campbell for website

Due to the forecast on three different meteorological websites predicting rain, wind, and possible thunderstorms on Friday, July 1 afternoon and evening, the Pops Concert venue has been changed to the Kenyon Arena.
We suggest that you bring chairs and blankets with you so that you can sit close to the stage where the sound will be best. However, seating is available around the edge of the Arena.

The drop off area and entry is at the plaza area leading to the doors of the Peterson Family Athletic Complex at Middlebury College on South Main Street, Route 30.  Parking is on the lot to the south of the complex, with some limited parking along the side of the building. You may also park at the Center for the Arts and walk to Kenyon Arena.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m., Concert at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets may be purchased until 4 p.m. at the Sheldon Museum, or at the Concert.

Tickets purchased online on June 30 and July 1  will be held at the Sheldon Museum until the day of the Concert. On day of the Concert (July 1), they will be held at the Gate.

 The Sheldon Museum’s annual Pops Concert and fireworks are a Vermont summer tradition for Lake Champlain area families and tourists. Celebrate the anniversary of Independence Day with a concert of Broadway standards, pops, and patriotic music on Friday, July 1, 2016 performed by the Vermont Philharmonic in the meadow behind the Mahaney Center for the Arts at Middlebury College with commanding views of the Green Mountains, followed by a glorious fireworks display. The grounds will be open at 5:30 p.m. for picnicking with the concert beginning at 7:30. (Rain site is in Kenyon Arena.) The evening will close with vivid fireworks. Be sure to bring flashlights, chairs, blankets, and a picnic.
Soloist Antonette Knoedl

Soloist Antonette Knoedl

The Vermont Philharmonic was founded in 1959 by Jon Borowicz and is Vermont’s oldest community orchestra. Today, the Philharmonic’s member-musicians, more than 60 strong, are committed to the orchestra’s two-fold mission of sharing their love of music with audiences of all ages and encouraging young musicians to dedicate themselves to their musical education. The Borowicz Scholarship, awarded annually by the orchestra to a Vermont high school musician, provides the opportunity for the winner to perform with the Vermont Philharmonic.

Led by its charismatic music director, Lou Kosma, the Vermont Philharmonic performs varied programs in communities throughout Central and Northern Vermont. Kosma is presently a member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, teaches privately, and is an adjunct double bass instructor at New Jersey City University. Past affiliations include principal bassist for the American Ballet Theatre, acting principal for the New Jersey Symphony and member of the Chautauqua Symphony for 17 years. Currently, Lou plays with the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center and with the Middlebury Opera Company.  He brings charm, energy, and talent to the podium.

This year Mezzo-Soprano soloist Antonette Knoedl will be featured.  Classically trained, Antonette has performed for regional theaters and dance companies throughout the North Country and Long Island. Her most notable credits include Evita, Chicago, and The Last Five Years.  She received her vocal training at Plattsburgh State University where she performed in Master Classes with Vale Rideout and Kristine Ciesinski.

Ticket prices: Adult $25, Youth age 12-18, $10; children under 12 admitted free, courtesy of donations from our sponsors and underwriters. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Sheldon at 802-388-2117, online at www.HenrySheldonMuseum.org or in person at the Sheldon, One Park Street in Middlebury.  Proceeds from the Concert benefit the Sheldon Museum.  If you would like to learn more about the Vermont Philharmonic, visit their website, www.vermontphilharmonic.org

Ticket prices: $25 Adult, Youth $10; children under 12 admitted free

CLICK HERE to purchase tickets online.