Across the state, there are some fun Fourth of July weekend
concerts going on this weekend. Here's a brief tour:
, The Huntington Symphony
has one of their three summer
“Picnics with the Pops”
on July 4th.
They’re playing outside at Harris
The program is called “Red, White, and Bluegrass
and there will be fireworks.
In Charleston, the West Virginia Symphony
will be performing at Haddad Riverfront Park on the Kanawha River, where there will also be fireworks. Their program includes patriotic and festive favorites like The Star Spangled Banner and Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture, with the added bonus of featuring singing by Ryan Hardiman, the WV Symphony Idol
Listen to Hardiman talk about the process of becoming the WV Symphony IdolListen to Hardiman discuss the songs he's singing on the July 4th concertListen to Hardiman describe some dream roles and future plans
Now the Wheeling Symphony
is teaming up with the Mountain Stage
band and taking their show on the road. They'll be performing in Wheeling on July 4th, at Wheeling's Heritage Port. The surrounding dates will find them in Clarksburg, Canaan State Park, and Weirton. For his fourth
Fourth of July concert with the Wheeling Symphony, Music Director Andre Raphel Smith is looking forward to the show:Listen to Smith talk about working with the Mountain Stage BandListen to Smith describe his favorite pieces on the program
One of Smith's favorite pieces on the program is Morton Gould's American Salute: Hear an excerpt from Gould's American Salute.
I wish I could go to all of these concerts, but I can only be in one place at a time! I'll be out enjoying fireworks and music on the river in Charleston. Are you going to a Fourth of July concert this weekend? I'd love to hear about it--you can share your story by leaving a comment below. And of course, on Classical Music
here on West Virginia Public Radio,
we'll have plenty of good music for the Fourth.