Celebrate Independence Day with WFMT!


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This Independence Day, WFMT will share rousing and patriotic classical works for the whole day — here are some highlights that you won't want to miss.

At noon, Music in Chicago shares a recent Elgin Symphony Orchestra performance of "Hoe-Down" from Copland's Rodeo

Starting at 1:00 pm, we'll share another Copland masterwork: Appalachian Spring. You'll also hear Gottschalk's The Union, "America" from Bernstein's West Side Story, and Still's Poem for Orchestra.

WFMT will continue our all-American afternoon at 3:00 pm with Dvořák's "New World" Symphony, plus music by Gershwin, Brubeck, Irving Berlin, Amy Beach, Joan Tower, and more.

At 6:30 pm, we'll take you to the Pritzker Pavilion for the Grant Park Music Festival's annual Independence Day Salute, a live program of patriotic favorites led by Christopher Bell and featuring soprano Alicia Hall Moran.

We'll return to the station at 9:00 pm for Holiday Fireworks with Robbie Ellis, a stirring evening of electrifying classical music, including works by Sousa and Bernstein.

Happy Independence Day from WFMT!