Monday, June 20, 2011

4th of July Program Announced!

The program for the KSO’s 4th of July concert has been announced! Starting at 8 on the South Lawn of World’s Fair Park, Maestro Richman will lead the orchestra in a wide variety of music, but the emphasis will of course be on patriotic themes. I will weigh in on some of the repertoire below. I will have to say that I won’t be performing on this concert, as I’ll be getting some badly needed quality time with my parents in New Hampshire and other family across New England.

Richard Chiaparra’s setting of the Gettysburg Address will be narrated by Hallerin Hill, who needs no introduction to Knoxville audiences, having appeared many times on Clayton, Ijams Park and other KSO events. (It also should be noted that his son, Hallerin II, is a veteran of the KSO Youth Orchestra and is a violin student at UT). Chiaparra is the music director of the West Hartford Symphony Orchestra, based in my old stomping grounds. Some people I went to high school with are in this group- some of whom I hope to see on my trip north.

KSO hornist Mark Harrell’s March from his opera The Stainless Banner will be reprised, as will the Hymn to the Fallen from John Williams’ score to Saving Private Ryan. The first half of the show will conclude with Holst’s ebullient Jupiter from The Planets, which will be presented in its entirety on the KSO’s Masterworks concerts on March 22 and 23, 2012.

The second half will feature a medley of tunes by Irving Berlin, who it seems could only play the piano in two keys: F# major and D# minor, but he had an instrument that could be changed to other keys with the flip of a lever. (He called it his "Buick"). Vol fans will rejoice to hear that we will be performing Rocky Top, in an arrangement by Mark Harrell. Then the piece de resistance: Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. Fireworks shall be coordinated into the end of this work, which has crossed international borders to represent and inspire patriotism here and in many other countries.

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