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  • Writer's pictureALEXANDRA


The thing I love MOST about summer is Festival Season! One of the events that I am so sad I am missing is the Vermont Symphony Orchestra Summer Festival Tour that starts TOMORROW! The tour lasts from July 1-7 and travels to seven different Vermont communities so if you live in or near any of these you should definitely check out a show: Chittenden, Manchester, Grafton, Shelburn, S. Pomfret, Randolph, and Stowe. I can just picture the crowds of families, friends, and couples relaxing with a picnic basket listening to the beautiful music! This year's program is called "Strike Up The Orchestra!" and showcases composers "who set America to music: Gershwin, Joplin, Bernstein, Copland, and the foremost film composer of our generation, John Williams." Plus, each concert closes with a fireworks show, which you all know is my FAVORITE! What an awesome way to celebrate the Fourth of July week!

Here is the press release which includes more info for you guys if you are interested, and you can always check out the website!

The Vermont Symphony Orchestra’s (VSO) annual TD Bank Summer Festival Tour presented by Northstar Fireworks returns for 2019 with an exciting program of both traditional favorites and surprising blockbuster hits. Touring seven Vermont communities: Chittenden, Manchester (with a new outdoor location at Hunter Park), Grafton, Shelburne, S. Pomfret, Randolph and Stowe, Strike Up The Orchestra! will delight listeners of all ages during the summer evenings of July 1 - 7.

Making her VSO debut, guest conductor Sharon Lavery will guide attendees through her hand-crafted program showcasing composers who set America to music: Gershwin, Joplin, Bernstein, Copland, and one of the most prominent film composers of this generation, John Williams. Lavery has served as music director of the Downey Symphony Orchestra since 2007, and maintains an impressive career that includes multiple instances of conducting at Carnegie Hall.

Performing in a jazzy concerto by Artie Shaw, the VSO’s own principal clarinet Kelli O’Connor is the tour’s featured soloist. O’Connor is a founding member of the Chameleon Arts Ensemble of Boston and Radiance Woodwind Quintet. As a former member of the United States Coast Guard Band, she also performed at the inauguration of President Bill Clinton.

Strike Up The Orchestra! will also include the patriotic “Liberty Bell March” and “Stars and Stripes Forever” in a timely celebration of Independence Day; compositions from popular films like “Captain Marvel,” “Superman Returns” and “Jurassic Park”; and many more selections to form an ideal outdoor concert experience — complete with closing fireworks at each location.

Tickets are available at, with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. for picnicking and the concert beginning at 7:30 p.m at each location.


In its 85th year, the VERMONT SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (VSO) is the nation’s oldest state-assisted

symphony orchestra. With a mission to cultivate diverse cultural communities, the VSO celebrates orchestra music as a unifier throughout Vermont and venues of all types. A proactive music education promoter, the VSO’s SymphonyKids programs offer extensive supplemental learning experiences to students across the state every year. The VSO is a unique shared resource in Vermont, belonging to all of the communities it serves.


Hey guys! My name is

Alexandra Dempsey, I am 31 years old and live in Stowe, Vermont.

I recently decided to start this blog to give you all a look into the life of a tour wife - the highs, the lows, and EVERYTHING in between!

My rock star husband, Ryan Dempsey

of Twiddle, stands by me every step

of the way as we journey on this whirlwind we like to call the "tour life."

Follow along on my travels, hear

stories from fellow tour wives, and

earn about some of my favorite things. Hope you enjoy and

thanks so much for reading!!

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