Honor America during Celebrate FREEDOM!, a concert performed by the Kennett Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, August 20 at Longwood Gardens. A program that showcases the pride of America, selections include pieces from Samuel Barber, John Phillips Sousa, Randall Thompson, and Aaron Copland. Performances include The Chester County Choral Society and The Mary Green Singers. Special guest Pat Ciarrochhi from CBS 3 will narrate Copland’s A Lincoln Portrait.
The concert includes two pieces written by Copland during World War II: his stirring Fanfare for the Common Man and A Lincoln Portrait, based on the letters and speeches of Abraham Lincoln. The two choruses join the all-professional orchestra in two movements from Randall Thompson’s Testament of Freedom based on writings by Thomas Jefferson. Instrumental Competition Winner violinist Alyssa Blackstone also performs. The program includes a Civil War medley and two pieces by West Chester native Samuel Barber: A Stopwatch and an Ordnance Map for men’s chorus, brass and percussion, and his moving Adagio for Strings. Closing this tribute marking the 10th anniversary of September 11 is the Mansions of the Lord from Band of Brothers and Irving Berlin’s God Bless America.
Tickets are $35 in advance for adults and $40 at the door. Student rates are $5. Concert tickets include all-day admission to Longwood Gardens and free parking.
For tickets or information, call 610.444.6363 or visit www.kennettsymphony.org. Student and group discounts are also available by calling the Symphony office.