VSO Summer Tour: Grafton

Grafton Ponds
783 Townshend Road
Grafton, VT

For the VSO Summer Tour, all tickets must be picked up on-site at will call on the day of the performance.


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!


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
  • Gabriel Fauré, Élégie for Cello and Orchestra (John Dunlop, solo cello)
  •  John Williams, E.T.: Adventures on Earth


  • Erik Nielsen, Matt’s Tune, ballad for orchestra
  • Frank Ticheli, Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra (Kelli O’Connor, solo clarinet)
  • Margaret Bonds, Montgomery Variations
  • Morton Gould, American Salute

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.

Rainsite: Horowitz Hall at Vermont Academy


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