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Orchestras Offer Virtual Independence Day Performances



Orchestras across the US helped their communities celebrate the Fourth of July holiday with patriotic, virtual performances. The concerts were all given free of charge, some featuring special guest artists or partner organizations performing with the orchestra musicians. The Cincinnati Pops, for example, was joined by a local folk band and vocalist, while the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s “America Strong” event featured local collaborators from the Fort Worth Opera, the Cliburn, and Texas Ballet Theater, as well as a Broadway baritone. 

Music by wide-ranging American composers rang out across the country—from the Americana classical of Aaron Copland to the film scores of Michael Kamen at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra; from the marches of John Philip Sousa to the rock ’n’ roll of Elton John at The Philadelphia Orchestra; and from the ragtime of Scott Joplin to the blues of William Christopher Handy at the Fort Worth Symphony.  

The Boston Pops Fourth of July performance was broadcast online as well as on television and radio this year. Pictured is the Boston Pops and conductor Keith Lockhart, of Local 9-535 (Boston, MA).

Over Independence Day weekend, the St. Louis Symphony released the final two videos in its six-part video project, featuring performances celebrating diverse voices in American music, filmed in front of St. Louis landmarks and featuring guest artists from the community. The Boston Pops’ Fourth of July performance—broadcast not only online, but also on television and radio—was positioned as a virtual tribute to frontline workers and those who have lost their lives during the pandemic, as well as a celebration of America’s diversity and founding values of liberty and justice for all.