Thursday, June 30, 2011

Symphony orchestras nationwide celebrating with music and fireworks

‘Fireworks Blast’ by Petr Kratochvil

In this issue of “Musical Notes”, we celebrate the Independence Day holiday with our top picks from around the nation for concerts that include fireworks.

Depending on where in the nation you are located, some of the finest orchestras will pay tribute to our country’s birth with the best family entertainment around.

Nothing goes better with a grand fireworks display than a full symphony orchestra playing everything from the traditional John Philip Sousa marches, to Tchaikovsky's stirring 1812 Overture accompanied by a dazzling light display. It’s an outing that children will remember for a lifetime.

Some of the programs are offered free, and most are set on wide public expanses that allow for picnicking.

Certain shows will actually be performed on alternative dates other than July 4th so check the list that follows and find the city or symphony nearest you; click on the link for informative details of the concert that is being offered, and make your plans for a spectacular Independence Day.

Should the weather not cooperate in your area, there is always the option of tuning in to the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) annual presentation of the A Capitol Fourth, which is broadcast live on July 4th at 8:00 p.m. EDT / 7:00 p.m. CDT and recorded for rebroadcast on other markets. It’s a spectacular must-see presentation brought to you from our nation’s capital. Check here to find your local PBS station.

Happy Birthday America!

Atlanta Symphony  July 4th

Austin Symphony  Cancelled this year

Boston Pops  July 4th

Detroit Symphony  July 1st, 2nd, and 3rd

Houston Symphony  July 4th

Indianapolis Symphony  July 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th

Los Angeles Philharmonic (at the Hollywood Bowl)  July 2nd, 3rd and 4th

National Symphony (U.S. Capitol Building – West Lawn)  July 4th

New York Philharmonic (Bethel Woods Center)  July 3rd

Pittsburgh Symphony (Heartwood Acres)  July 3rd

Rhode Island Philharmonic Pops (India Point Park)  July 4th

San Francisco Symphony (Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View)  July 4th

Vermont Symphony (Summer Festival Tour – Warren, Manchester, Grafton and Shelburne  July 1st,  2nd, 3rd and 4th

A Capitol Fourth-
America's Independence Day Celebration

Watch the full episode. See more A Capitol Fourth.

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