Ohio’s Columbus, Westerville, and Central Ohio symphony orchestras prepare for Independence weekend concerts

Posted on: July 1, 2022

“On the Fourth of July, Greater Columbus residents will celebrate the independence of America, but in its annual ‘Patriotic Pops’ concert, the Columbus Symphony will have another birthday in mind, too,” writes Peter Tonguette in Wednesday’s (6/29) Columbus Dispatch (OH). “The Independence Day-themed concert … will feature all the usual patriotic fare…. But running through the program will be the music of John Williams, the Academy Award-winning film composer who turned 90 in February. ‘I can’t think of a more patriotic or American composer,’ said Principal Pops Conductor Stuart Chafetz of Williams…. On Sunday, the Westerville Symphony Orchestra will offer … its first Independence Day-themed performance since before the pandemic…. ‘I think we learned around 9/11 that communities need to come together, and the orchestra provides a wonderful opportunity to do that,’ said [Music Director Peter Stafford] Wilson….The orchestra [will perform] movements from the ‘Grand Canyon Suite’ and ‘Mississippi Suite’ by Ferde Grofe and ‘Liberty Fanfare’ by John Williams…. On … July 4 … the Central Ohio Symphony will offer … movie music … a salute to the armed forces … patriotic staples [and] Tchaikovsky’s ‘1812 Overture.’ … Fireworks will follow…. ‘They’re all ordered and ready to go,’ [Executive Director Warren] Hyer said.”