Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Traverse Symphony Orchestra to Host Outdoor TSO @ The Village Concert at Grand Traverse Commons - Saturday, July 19

The Traverse Symphony Orchestra is taking it show outside, to the sprawling lawns at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, on Saturday, July 19. The high-energy TSO @ The Village – directed by Maestro Kevin Rhodes and featuring the largest orchestra gather of the season, with 72 musicians – will take place under a one-of-a-kind 20,000-square-foot grand event tent, provided by Traverse City-based Tent Venue.

“We invite the community to experience the Traverse Symphony Orchestra in an approachable and fun format,” says Krista Cooper, TSO Executive Director. “Much like the music we create, the Traverse Symphony Orchestra is vibrant. We are providing experiences that open the door to classical music via programming and environments that are fun, energetic, moving, powerful and engaging.”

TSO @ The Village attendees will also enjoy a unique culinary picnic experience, as local foods are paired with wines from the Leelanau and Old Mission Peninsulas, throughout the evening. The program for the concert includes a “walking tour map” of both peninsulas, featuring popular landmarks geographically placed around the Commons lawn. From above, this layout creates an aerial art showcasing Michigan’s northwest Lower Peninsula. Two lighthouse galleries, featuring local photographers and artists, pays tribute to the region’s four seasons.

Gates open at 5pm and the show begins at 8pm with The Accidentals and Satchmo – a Louis Armstrong tribute band. The Accidentals will be performing a musical number they wrote with the TSO.

“This is an event like no other to gather with friends in a magical environment, our new company Tent Venue offers symphonies a much needed outdoor covered stage and concept we are calling Symphony 2.0 that will help build the next symphonic music loving audience,” says Sam Porter, Owner of Porterhouse Productions.

TSO @ The Village is the first in a probable series of outdoor classical concerts entitled Symphony 2.0 that Porter hopes to make a nationwide concept.

“The model and patron experience is key to the vision and look,” Porter says. “We’re actively building in new concert technologies, from lights to film and video walls and possibly fireworks, to create an energizing arts experience all offered under our unique Tent Venue.”

The family-friendly atmosphere of TSO @ The Village includes lawn seating for picnic blankets and low 16 inch high chair backs. Tickets begin at $35 for lawn seating. An upgraded $95 ticket also includes access to the VIP area and all its amenities, but no reserved seating. VIP reserved seating is available for $150 per ticket or $1000 for a table for eight (8), which also includes linens and fresh flowers on the table for an added touch of elegance. The VIP area includes a covered dining area, cocktail tables, upgraded restrooms, hydration station, backstage viewing, local nibbles and more. Tickets are on sale now at

TSO @ The Village is presented by the Traverse Symphony Orchestra, in partnership with Porterhouse Productions and Tent Venue. Presenting sponsors are Cordia at Grand Traverse Commons and Golden Fowler Home Furnishings; supporting sponsors are Cherry Capital Cadillac Subaru, Traverse Motors and The Minervini Group.

The Traverse Symphony Orchestra is the region’s premier orchestral group providing high quality musical experiences to northern Michigan. Founded in 1952 as an amateur community ensemble, it has since grown to a well-respected professional symphony, attracting members from all over Michigan to perform with the ensemble. The company has soared to new heights since Maestro Kevin Rhodes took the position of conductor in 2001. Maestro Kevin Rhodes is extremely accomplished, conducting around 50 orchestras all over the world. A sought-after commodity in the European ballet circuit, Rhodes has conducted the Paris Opera Ballet, The Dutch National Ballet, The Verona Ballet, and many others. Many of these performances and have been filmed and distributed in theaters and on television all over Europe and the rest of the world.

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