Wednesday, June 29, 2011

On Stage with the VSO at the Summer Festival Tour

During our Summer Festival Tour, we have some special guests that join us on stage from time to time. We often have guest conductors and guest chimists. There's a point in Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture when the chimes are whacked in a very random and obvious way, the composer's method of invoking thoughts of church bells. This Fourth of July, we welcome David Schraffenberger, who provided us with this hilarious introductory verbiage. Look for David on stage on July 4 in Shelburne.

David Schraffenberger is a recovering roadie. He manages Production Advantage, Inc., a nice little catalog company serving the live entertainment industry. He's also on the Board of Trustees for IA Stagehands Local 919, Burlington, VT and the VP of the VT/NH Marketing Group. See if you can pick out the delicate melody of the chime part from the opening theme of the popular cartoon, Futurama, masterfully woven into the intricate chime part Tchaikovsky wrote into the 1812 overture.