Teen Indie Folk-rock Duo, The Accidentals, Score Original Song for 72-piece Orchestra

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Indie Folk-Rock duo, The Accidentals (Savannah Buist, 18 and Katie Larson, 18) will be joining the Traverse Symphony Orchestra, and internationally renowned conductor, Kevin Rhodes in conjunction with Porterhouse Productions, to perform the World Premiere of their original song “Mangrove” on July 19th at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, in Traverse City, MI.

“It’s every musician’s dream to hear the orchestra in their head become real,” adds Larson.

Voted Best Band in Traverse Magazine’s 2014 Red Hot Best of Northern Michigan awards, these eighteen-year-old multi-instrumentalists have, in the last two years, released two albums, composed forty-five original songs, performed 500 live shows, and scored two movies while finishing high school, and playing music several nights a week. They arranged and scored parts for the Traverse Symphony Orchestra's seventy- two piece orchestra and submitted their work on the recommendation of Sam Porter, Porterhouse Productions.

“Katie and I are both originally from [classically trained] orchestra, and we’ve wanted something like this to happen for a long time, says Buist.

“It’s every musician’s dream to hear the orchestra in their head become real,” adds Larson. “One of the best things about live performances is being in the moment; it’s great to make music for ourselves, but the best part is making music with other people, for other people. We’re sharing that moment, and everyone in the audience is living that with us.”

Originally written by Buist, Mangrove is nature-inspired— “it is an epic journey, we always thought it should be a theme song for one of The Discovery Channel shows. It will be an amazing experience to hear it complete with a full orchestra” says Buist.

The concert will be an evening celebration of local arts, wine and food. TSO at the Village at Grand Traverse Commons begins at 5 pm on the front lawn of the Village at Grand Traverse Commons, with the Traverse Symphony Orchestra concert at 8 pm. The TSO concert program features high-energy musical favorites like Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries, Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture and Ravel’s Bolero along with a mesmerizing light show. In the case of inclement weather, all attendees will be sheltered under a 20,000-square foot grand event tent provided by Tent Venue in partnership with Porterhouse Productions.

Louis Armstrong tribute band: Satchmo and The Accidentals will provide pre-concert entertainment and we wouldn't be surprised to see them collaborate on a song or two. An aerial art experience highlights the Leelanau & Old Mission walking tour on the Commons lawn featuring wine, beer and Mark Lindsay photography. Picnic vendors will showcase the local Northern Michigan cuisine.

General admission lawn seating is $35; children ages 12 and under are $15 (ages two and under free). Upgraded VIP seating starts at $95 with table seating available. For info and tickets, call 1-800-836-0717 or visit http://www.mynorthtickets.com. Presenting sponsors are Cordia at Grand Traverse Commons and Golden Fowler Home Furnishings. The supporting sponsors are Cherry Capital Cadillac Subaru, Traverse Motors and the Village at Grand Traverse Commons.

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