MAY 15 & 16 CONCERTS IN THE PARK! - CANCELLEDALL AMERICAN
Concerts begin at 7:30 pm!
These FREE concerts are an annual tradition and are popular! Come early and bring a blanket or chair to get a good spot.
Picnics are welcome and like all of our concerts, this one is family/kid friendly (there are playgrounds nearby at both venues).
PROGRAM – ALL AMERICAN
Our Director of Music Frank Simon has selected a program of music to showcase many of our great American composers.
76 Trombones by Meredith Willson from the award winning musical The Music Man about a con man posing as a boys band organizer to naive Midwestern town folks.
An American in Paris Suite by George Gershwin who adapted the American Jazz idiom into classical music.
Night Beat by the Orchestra’s Composer-in-Residence Dr. M. L. Daniels
Sound of Music Selections by Richard Rogers orchestrated by Robert Russell Bennett. The musical was about a Catholic Nun (think Julie Andrews!) and an Austrian family without a mother during the Nazi control of Austria.
American Patrol by F. W. Meecham written in 1885 with popular American themes sprinkled in.
John Henry by Aaron Copland about the American folk legend, a black man.
Bugler’s Holiday by Leroy Anderson performed by the trumpet section and accompanied by the Orchestra.
And finally the stirring Throne Room and End Title of the original Star Wars by John Williams
If that does not get you proud of American Composers – well, the Orchestra just might have to play as an encore Stars and Stripes Forever by John Phillip Sousa.
We hope to see you there!