Independence Day Concerts

Thursday, July 4, 2013 () at Spreckels & Monterey

Spreckels Memorial Park (10:30am, rehearsal at 9:00am)  

The 15-member Brass/Percussion Section of Monterey County Pops! will present a free public performance at Spreckels Memorial Park on July 4th from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.  The public is also invited to hear the ensemble rehearse from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.  This will be the third consecutive year that the group has performed at the Spreckels 4th of July Celebration presented by the Spreckels Volunteer Fire Company
 
The powerful ensemble of trumpets, french horns, trombones, euphonium, tuba, percussion and timpani conducted by Music Director, Dr. Carl Christensen, will present a patriotic program that includes a salute to the US Armed Forces, the "Fanfare for the Common Man" of Aaron Copland, and John Philip Sousa's "Stars and Stripes Forever."  Other selections will include "Easy Winners Rag" of Scott Joplin, "String of Pearls", "In the Mood", and the "Triumphal March" from Verdi's Aida.

Jacks Ball Park Monterey (7:00pm, gates open at 5:00)

FREE Passes at Colton Hall "Picnic on the Lawn" and at the Jacks Ball Park gate.
Monterey County Pops! is pleased to invite the public to a FREE FOURTH OF JULY FAMILY CONCERT at Jacks Ball Field in downtown Monterey on July 4, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
 
The gates will open at 5:00.  The concession stand will be open and all are invited to listen to the "Pops" rehearse.
 
The concert will feature the stirring sounds of the Monterey County Pops! WIND ORCHESTRA, a 41-member, fully professional ensemble of woodwinds, brass, and percussion that will be joined by special guest soloists including local Italian Tenor, Erasmo Aiello and Stephanie Hulsey.
 
The program will feature the first local performance of "A New Birth of Freedom", a narrative setting of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address with narrator Nancy Selfridge, Vice-Mayor of Monterey. 
 
The program will include "American Pageant", a medley of patriotic songs that has been performed at every presidential inauguration since 1969. 
 
Also featured will be the first-ever Pops performance of "Video Games Live", a suite of musical themes from "Halo", "Civilization IV", and "Kingdom Hearts."
 
The concert will conclude with tradition Independence Day favorites including John Philip Sousa's "Stars and Stripes Forever" and the "1812 Overture" by Tchaikovsky.