July 4 2018
Free Independence Day concert
Wednesday, July 4, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
The Golden State Theater, 417 Alvarado, Monterey.
No tickets are required.
The Monterey County Pops! is pleased to present this musical extravaganza free of charge to the community. In addition to the orchestra playing patriotic favorites and “pops” classics by Johann Strauss Jr. and Von Suppé, the 90-minute program will feature world-renowned guest conductor, Paul Goodwin, the Monterey County Pops!/Palenke Arts Youth Chorus, cello soloists from Youth Music Monterey, and violin and viola soloists from the Youth Orchestra of Salinas (YOSAL).
As Phil Bowhay wrote in the Monterey Herald of June 6, 2016, “If you missed the Memorial Day concert on Colton Hall Lawn, don’t despair! You’ll have another chance on the Fourth of July at the Golden State Theatre, also free! And if you were there, you will for sure be there on the 4th!”
Bowhay continued, “Friends, I can tell you that the Monterey County Pops Band is just about the best you will ever hear, and I’ve heard a lot of bands.”
The 40-member fully professional orchestra conducted by Monterey County Pops! Music Director, Dr. Carl Christensen, will present a program of pops, patriotic, and Americana favorites. Musical highlights will include Star-Spangled Spectacular, a medley of George M. Cohan favorites, Americana, a setting of the traditional folk songs, Shenandoah, Skip to My Lou, and Sweet Betsy from Pike, and America! Patriotic Themes, arranged by Disneyland’s Music Director, James Christensen.
Pops light classics will be represented by Johann Strauss Jr.’s, Thunder and Lightning Polka and Franz von Suppé’s Light Cavalry Overture.
The program will conclude with the finale of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture complete with electronic church bells and cannons with colorful projections of fireworks and patriotic images.
A pre-concert performance on the theater’s mighty Wurlitzer Organ will be presented by noted local organist, Tom Delay.
A very special feature of the concert is a guest appearance by the Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Carmel Bach Festival, Paul Goodwin. In celebration of the July 14 opening of the two-week Carmel Bach Festival, Maestro Goodwin has been invited to conduct the Overture to Die Feldermaus by Johann Strauss, Jr. This work will also be performed on the Tuesday evening A Night at the Opera concerts of the Festival.
One of Europe’s most versatile and creative conductors, Paul Goodwin is now in his eighth season as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Carmel Bach Festival. He is the fourth maestro to hold this position in the organization’s distinguished nearly 80-year history and succeeds the extraordinary Bruno Weil. Based in a leafy village near London, Goodwin’s career has taken many twists and turns. Like many British musicians, he was involved in music from an early age as a boy soprano (in the renowned Temple Church Choir in central London) and then oboist. He has conducted many national orchestras including those of Spain, Belgium, France, Scotland, Poland, Taiwan, Sweden and Finland. In the United States, his credits include guest conducting appearances with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Seattle Symphony, the National Symphony in Washington, DC, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the San Francisco Symphony.
Featured soloists include the Monterey County Pops!/Palenke Arts Youth Chorus conducted by Juan Sánchez, youth soloists on violin and viola from the Youth Orchestra of Salinas, and two young cellists from Youth Music Monterey.
The Monterey County Pops!/Palenke Arts Youth Chorus conducted by Juan Sánchez. The mission of Palenke Arts is to educate and inspire the community through the arts. Our vision is to create a vibrant and inclusive multicultural arts center in the City of Seaside, offering courses and performances in a multitude of art forms.
Violin and viola soloists from the Youth Orchestra of Salinas(YOSAL) will perform music of Antonio Vivaldi. YOSAL is non-profit organization committed to transforming the lives of our youth and communities through the inspiration, discipline, and performance of classical ensemble music. Founded in the Summer of 2010, YOSAL is an El Sistema-inspired orchestral and choral education program. Students from kindergarten through high school engage in daily practice and music classes after school, perform regularly on stage in one of the orchestras, our choir, or one of several music ensembles. They learn to be responsible citizens and develop interpersonal and collaborative skills as their self-confidence grows.
Young cellists from Youth Music Monterey County, Tylan Dincer and Mahonna Keech, will perform a Vivaldi concerto for two cellos.
YMMC fosters the excellence of local student musicians by inspiring and challenging students to high levels of musical achievement and instilling standards of excellence, responsibility, and determination.