July 1, 2016, 7:30 PM; Grounds open at 5:30 PM
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The Sheldon Museum’s annual outdoor 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 open at 5:30 p.m. for picnicking with the concert beginning at 7:30. (Rain site is in the adjacent Middlebury College athletic complex.) The evening will close with vivid fireworks–rain or shine. Be sure to bring flashlights, chairs, blankets, and a picnic.
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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 in 2011 was appointed conductor of the New Jersey City University Orchestra.
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.