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Happy Fourth of July: A Proposed 2022 Concert

I thought I'd celebrate this holiday with a little imaginary concert program of American music. I sort of think of this as "if I had a pops orchestra to conduct what would a concert look like?".

Here is my 2022 July Fourth "Pops" Concert

First Half:

Dudley Buck's: Festival Overture on "The Star-Spangled Banner" (7 minutes) I have no idea why this is not on holiday programs as you can't get much more patriotic than this.

Peggy Stuart Coolidge: Pioneer Dances (12 minutes)

I have always loved Coolidge's music and it is a shame it is not on more programs.

William Grant Still: Serenade (7 Minutes)

A stunning work by a great composer.

Gershwin: "I Got Rhythm" Variations (7 Minutes)

A little jazzier music with something familiar to glom onto.

Michael Daugherty: Route 66 (7 minutes)

Something new and exciting to introduce this composer to audiences.

Morton Gould: American Salute (5 minutes)

A more popular piece to rouse things up for contrast.


Celebrating John Williams 90th Birthday year!

John Williams

"The Cowboys": Overture (10 minutes)

The Patriot: Main Theme (6 Minutes)

Lincoln: With Malice Toward None (5 Minutes)

Far and Away: End Credits (7 Minutes)

1941: March (4 Minutes)

L. Bernstein: West Side Story Suite (10 minutes)

Neil Diamond: They're Coming To America (5 minutes)

Sousa: The Stars and Stripes Forever (4 minutes)

So there you go--a little concert program that works for this year with some unique music along the way. I suspect it would be a pretty good program for this year anyway.


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