Orchestras celebrate Independence Day

Posted on: July 1, 2016

Many orchestras have announced free patriotic concerts over the Independence Day weekend, including New Jersey’s Bay Atlantic Symphony, which will perform Sibelius’s Finlandia and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture on July 3 at Avalon Community Hall. The Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra in Texas will perform an outdoor concert at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum on July 4. The program will include music by a salute to the Armed Forces and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. The Des Moines Symphony’s free annual Yankee Doodle Pops concert on the West Terrace of the Iowa State Capitol will take place this year on July 1. Broadway baritone Hugh Panaro will perform during the orchestra’s “The Sound of America” program. On July 4, Florida’s Pensacola Symphony Orchestra will perform a free concert at Hunter Amphitheatre, with music including battle hymns for each branch of military. The concert will be preceded by a flyover by U.S. Navy fighter jets during the National Anthem. On July 1, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will perform “An American Celebration: In Honor of Our Service Men and Women,” a concert at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum that is part of the PSO’s Summer with the Symphony series. The Reno Philharmonic will perform a family concert on July 4 at Wingfield Park in downtown Reno, Nevada. Pennsylvania’s Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra will present a “Summer Sparklers” outdoor concert on July 2 at St. Clair Park’s Robertshaw Amphitheater in downtown Greensburg. The program will include patriotic music, selections from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. West Virginia’s Wheeling Symphony Orchestra will perform on July 1 at the Weirton Event Center, the first of four “Celebrate America” free outdoor concerts in West Virginia, with concerts in Clarksburg, Canaan, and Wheeling planned for July 2, 3, and 4. Many of these concerts also feature fireworks displays.

Posted July 1, 2016