— American traditions for Independence Day include hot dogs, picnics, and fireworks. That and classical music can be enjoyed this July Fourth at Plainfield’s Hummel Park.
The Hendricks Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Choir, directed by Benjamin del Vecchio, will present a concert leading up to the day’s finale of fireworks as well as accompanying the “rockets’ red glare” during the pyrotechnic display.
In a “Salute to America,” the symphony regales its audience with patriotic music and selections portraying bits and pieces of our heritage. After the “Star-Spangled Banner” opening, choir and orchestra perform “God Bless America” — with anyone in the audience who wants to sing along. Several pieces celebrating the melting pot of America make up a portion of the first half of the program, which will finish with “America the Beautiful” and “Battle Hymn of the Republic.”
After the intermission, choir and orchestra focus on the American theater. From the old Tin Pan Alley song “By the Light of the Silvery Moon” to Broadway tunes to Aaron Copland’s “Hoedown,” enjoy familiar melodies in American entertainment.
Anticipation builds when the orchestra opens the final segment of the concert with Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, followed by fireworks. While the crowd keeps their eyes on the sky, the light show will be accompanied by the orchestra performing several selections such as “William Tell Overture,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” and “The Stars and Stripes Forever.”
Before the concert and during intermissions, information and tickets for the 2013-14 season will be available at tables near the stage. The symphonic society will also accept donations to help cover some of their costs.