THE FOURTH CONCERT IS BACK!
The concert series for which we are best known will begin with a performance by the Vermont Symphony Orchestra and conclude with a FREE performance by the West Point Band’s Jazz Knights.
Vermont Symphony Orchestra
The Vermont Symphony Orchestra proudly presents “Let’s Dance!” Bring a picnic, kick off your shoes, and join us for music from the world of dance—from waltzes to swing and polkas to salsa. Toe-tapping melodies by Strauss, Delibes, Borodin, and Gershwin will put you “in the mood” for dance hits from Benny Goodman and Glenn Miller. The 1812 Overture, marches, and fireworks conclude the show.
A little over seven years ago, legendary multi-Grammy™ winning blues guitarist Buddy Guy had a remarkable encounter when Quinn Sullivan, an eight-year-old boy demonstrating amazing musical prowess, joined him on stage. Guy, so taken with the youngster's preternaturally mature guitar-slinging skills, became a mentor to the New Bedford, MA native. That circumstance led to Quinn's playing a blistering solo that belied his tender age on "Whose Gonna Fill Those Shoes,"—a track on Skin Deep, Guy's 2008 Grammy-nominated album that also included guest performances from Eric Clapton, Robert Randolph, Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi. Quinn would go on to tour with Guy, who would proudly introduce him to an international audience.
Now the just-turned-fifteen-year-old has fulfilled his mentor's vision with an album released by SuperStar Records last year. Getting There was produced and co-written with Grammy award winner Tom Hambridge, who first encountered Quinn during Buddy Guy’s Skin Deep sessions (an album Hambridge also produced.) The Getting There album showcases Quinn’s wide range and includes blues, pop and rock tracks that will appeal to music fans of any age that favor authentic guitar-driven grooves and melodies. Quinn, as it happens, is as adept at vocals as he is at making his beloved Stratocaster sing.
At a young age, Shemekia Copeland is already a force to be reckoned with in the blues. While only in her early 30’s, she’s opened for the Rolling Stones, headlined at the Chicago Blues Festival and numerous festivals around the world, scored critics choice awards on both sides of the Atlantic (The New York Times and The Times of London), shared the stage with such luminaries as Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Mick Jagger, and Eric Clapton, and has even performed at the White House for President and Mrs. Obama. Heir to the rich tradition of soul-drenched divas like Ruth Brown, Etta James and Koko Taylor, the singer was presented with Taylor’s crown on June 12, 2011 at the Chicago Blues Festival and officially given the honor as the new “Queen of the Blues” by Taylor’s daughter, Cookie.
Copeland’s passion for singing, matched with her huge, blast-furnace voice, gives her music a timeless power and a heart-pounding urgency. Her music comes from deep within her soul and from the streets where she grew up, surrounded by the everyday sounds of the city – street performers, gospel singers, blasting radios, bands in local parks and so much more.
Of her debut album “Turn Up the Heat,” The Boston Globe proclaimed that “she roars with a sizzling hot intensity.” Shemekia Copeland has since received Grammy nominations for two additional albums.
West Point Band’s Jazz Knights
Bringing over three decades of musical excellence to their audiences, the West Point Band’s Jazz Knights present the best in big band favorites, popular music, and original compositions and arrangements for jazz ensemble. Members of the group are graduates of some of America's most prestigious music schools such as the University of North Texas, Eastman School of Music, Indiana University, Berklee School of Music and the Manhattan School of Music. They are recruited and selected through a competitive audition process specifically for service in the United States Military Academy Band at West Point.
Past and present members of the band have played with such icons as Count Basie, Buddy Rich, Woody Herman, Maynard Ferguson, Ahmad Jamal, Chaka Kahn, Prince, Billy Cobham, and the Tommy Dorsey and Glenn Miller Orchestras.
The Jazz Knights’ highlights over the years include playing with Benny Goodman at Lincoln Center in 1982, performing with the Duke Ellington Orchestra for the 200th Anniversary of the New York State Legislature, and twice appearing at the Hatch Shell for Boston's Independence Day celebration.
At West Point, the Jazz Knights provide music for numerous functions throughout the year. In combination with the Concert Band and field music unit, the Hellcats, they help fulfill official musical requirements of the Military Academy and the Army, including military and patriotic ceremonies both at West Point and throughout the country. The Jazz Knights also perform for the summer concert series at the Trophy Point Amphitheatre and for the winter concert series at Eisenhower Hall. Their performances recreate the sounds of the greatest jazz ensembles and the innovative styles of today through their original compositions and arrangements.