by Cathy P. Ross
Jul 11, 2013
03:58 PM
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Sinatra Under the Stars

Sinatra Under the Stars

      The Hartford Symphony Orchestra’s Talcott Mountain Music Festival is in full swing at the Performing Arts Center at Simsbury Meadows. On July 12 (rain date: July 13), vocalist/trumpeter Rob Zappulla and his Big Band join the HSO under the direction of guest conductor Jeffrey Steinberg in Sinatra Under the Stars!

      Zapulla was the featured vocalist for the renowned Tommy Dorsey Orchestra under the direction of the legendary Buddy Morrow (who performed with bandleader Dorsey himself). Sinatra sang with the Dorsey band from 1940 to 1942.

      The program includes some of Frank Sinatra’s greatest hits including “Come Fly With Me,” “You Make Me Feel So Young,” “I Get A Kick Out Of You,” “The Lady Is A Tramp,” “Fly Me To The Moon,” “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” “The Way You Look Tonight,” “That’s Life” and “My Way.”

      On July 19, Boston Pops guest conductor James Orent leads the HSO in the Movie Music of John Williams, including music from Star Wars, Harry Potter, Indiana Jones, ET and more. Attendees of all ages are encouraged to participate in a music-inspired costume contest before the concert. The contest includes a variety of categories based on the featured music.

      The season closes on July 26 with The Rolling Stones Tribute: 50 Years of Satisfaction with Windborne Music featuring Brent Havens.

      Picnics are encouraged. Gates open at 6 p.m; concerts start at 7:30 p.m. The HSO Education Tent is open from 6 to 7:15 p.m.; families can enjoy free activities such as music-themed games and crafts, the “Instrument Zoo” and youth performances. Tickets for table seats: $40 in advance, $45 at the gate; lawn tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the gate, children 12 & under $5, group and season tickets also available.

For more information, call 860-244-2999 or visit

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