All the music in this patriotic concert has been written or arranged by American musicians. They include the legendary king of marches, John Philiip Sousa and former Secretary of the Navy, J. William Middendorf, II. Then, best known for his musical collaborations with lyricist Oscar Hammerstein, II, Richard Rodgers’ music for the 1953 WWII documentary Victory at Sea is imbued with many familiar and haunting themes that are subconsciously hummed or whistled frequently.
Morton Gould and Howard Hanson have contributed some of the most scholarly and listenable music for orchestras. The except from Hanson’s “Romantic” Symphony No. 2 is as beautiful as any melodies from the European masters, and is the signature piece for the famous Interlochen Summer Music Camp. Morton Gould has composed for most genres including theater, jazz, symphonic and band. His treatments of American songs have earned him awards from prominent organizations around the world.
Military hymns will be played to recognize the various branches of the service and an appreciation reception will be held following the concert.
The concert is free, no tickets required, and will be held at the Hunter’s Woods Community Ctr, Reston.