Independence Day Salute

July 2, 2021, 6:30 pm

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Guest conductor Christopher Bell at a previous Grant Park Music Festival Independence Day Salute concert. (Photo: Norman Timonera)
Christopher Bell at a Grant Park Music Festival Independence Day Salute concert (Photo: Norman Timonera)

The Grant Park Music Festival’s 2021 season premiere is also one of its hallmark programs: the perennial Independence Day Salute, which samples celebratory and quintessentially American music. This year, the concert will be conducted by Christopher Bell and Carlos Kalmar and will feature music by Tchaikovsky, Price, Walker, and Sousa.

Playlist

John Williams: Summon the Heroes

Joplin: Overture to Treemonisha

Arr. Robert Lowden: Armed Forces Salute

Price: Dances in the Canebrakes

Bernstein/Mason: Selections from West Side Story

Alford: Colonel Bogey March
Steve Smith, conductor

Walker: Lyric for Strings

Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture (no cuts)

Sousa: Stars and Stripes Forever