Free Folsom Symphony Concert on Sept 11 features "American Salute" in music
This outdoor concert, the final performance of the summer’s Thursday Night "Live on the Boulevard" series, will be performed on September 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the Steven Young Amphitheater at El Dorado Hills Town Center.
The seating area opens at 5. Pack a picnic and portable chairs and come early to get the best spots!
This comfortable concert is the perfect occasion to get acquainted with the symphony or expose young people to live classical music. An important element of the symphony’s mission is to provide musical experiences and education for youths, and this free concert is one of the ways the orchestra strives to achieve that goal.
Everyone of all ages will enjoy this performance. Maestro Peter Jaffe will lead the orchestra in a repertoire of stirring patriotic selections, including:
• Bob Lowden’s Armed Forces Salute, an absolutely delightful tribute to the five branches of our military. As you listen to the familiar fight songs, try to catch the snippets of favorite purely American tunes sprinkled throughout. Hint: They include "America the Beautiful," "Dixie," "When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again," even Souza’s "Washington Post March" and others.
• Elmer Bernstein’s Suite from The Magnificent Seven, the theme for the 1960 movie of the same name. The score, nominated for an Academy Award, is ranked by the American Film Institute as the eighth-greatest American film score of all time.
•Morton Gould’s American Salute, written in 1943 and based on the tune "When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again," certainly a tribute to the men and women fighting the wars in Europe and Japan. Gould won the Pulitzer Prize for musical composition in 1995.
• John Williams’ Hymn to the Fallen, the theme song for the movie "Saving Private Ryan." The symphony will be joined for this moving performance by the Vista del Lago High School Choir. The composition was nominated for an Academy Award.
• John Philip Souza’s Stars & Stripes Forever, the country’s official National March. Souza composed the tune on Christmas Day 1896 and first performed it May 14, 1897, in Philadelphia, to great and enduring enthusiasm.
•Peter Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, the only non-American tune on the program. However, this composition, written to commemorate Russia’s successful defense against Napoleon in 1812, is popularly played in this country at Fourth of July celebrations. It’s best known for the volley of cannon fire and unique fanfare at its climax. The piece debuted in Moscow in 1882.
Again, this concert is free and will be played at El Dorado Hills Town Center’s Steven Young Amphitheater on September 11 at 6:30 p.m. No tickets are required. It's guaranteed you'll go home with a soaring spirit.