KSO July 4th Concert in World’s Fair Park

One of the constants of the Independence Day celebration in Knoxville–at least for the last 30 years–has been the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra’s concert with a major
follow-up fireworks display. In the last 10 years or so, the concert segment of the City of Knoxville’s “Festival on the Fourth” has reflected the energy and growing sense of community that the downtown revitalization has miraculously initiated. The event has grown both in popularity and in the expectations of the public for a great performance across a range of patriotic and popular music. This year’s concert garners a special footnote, as it will be the last for Maestro Lucas Richman who is now entering his final season as Music Director of the KSO.


The concert program contains everything one looks for in an Independence Day
concert, plus some notable solo performances. The vocal soloist will be
baritone Christopher Sanders. In addition, the KSO’s phenomenal concertmaster,Gabriel Lefkowitz, will undoubtedly wow the large crowd with the stunning solo
work from the Rondo
movement of Mozart’s “Haffner” Serenade, K. 250. Lefkowitz should not be missed anytime he picks up his violin. Also not to be missed is the KSO’s new principal trumpet, Phillip Chase Hawkins, in the virtuoso piece, “Bugler’s Holiday,” by Leroy Anderson.

The free concert begins at 8 pm on the Great Lawn in World’s Fair Park. Obviously, one should come early and stake out a place. Bring your own blankets, chairs, and picnic cuisine. (The concert will also be broadcast live on WBIR TV.)

The program is–
Star Spangled Banner
arr. David Dixon
The Pledge of Allegiance
Alfred Reed
            Christopher Sanders, baritone

The Boatmen’s Dance
Aaron Copland
            Christopher Sanders, baritone

Variations on a Shaker Melody 
Aaron Copland
from Serenade No. 7, K. 250 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
            Gabriel Lefkowitz, violin

Turkey in the Straw
Traditional / arr. Carmen Dragon
Bugler’s Holiday
Leroy Anderson
Olympic Fanfare and Theme
John Williams / arr. Donald Riggio
Armed Forces Salute
arr. Bob Lowden
Pops Hoe-Down Richard Hayman
“The Wheels of a Dream” from Ragtime
Stephen Flaherty
Sanders, baritone

America the Beautiful
Samuel A.
Ward / arr. by Linda Worsley
            Christopher Sanders, baritone

Rocky Top
Felice and Boudleaux Bryant / arr. Mark Harrell
1812 Overture Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
National Emblem March
Edwin Eugene Bagley
Stars and Stripes
Forever John Philip Sousa