Northern Symphony Orchestra to perform ‘Red, White & Blues’ in time for holiday

Fireworks may be exploding outside, but an equal amount of musical fireworks will be happening inside Anoka High School’s auditorium as a prelude activity when the Northern Symphony Orchestra next performs.

The Northern Symphony Orchestra will perform in concert July 3 at the Anoka High School auditorium. The concert will precede an annual fireworks display held in front of the school. File photo submitted

The Northern Symphony Orchestra will perform in concert July 3 at the Anoka High School auditorium. The concert will precede an annual fireworks display held in front of the school. File photo submitted

Michael Halstenson will lead the accomplished NSO players in a concert aptly titled “Red, White & Blues,” July 3, 7:30 p.m. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for seniors. Students 18 years and under are admitted free.

The concert will run about 90 minutes, just in time for the public to view fireworks provided by the city of Anoka. Fireworks will be displayed in front of the high school starting at dusk.

“This is such a thrilling end to our 10th anniversary season,” Halstenson said.

Halstenson always mixes it up a bit in his concerts, offering a variety of music for listeners. He oftentimes sprinkles the show with his trademark humorous comments.

Among selections for the evening, the NSO will focus on such great American music as Leonard Bernstein’s “Overture to West Side Story,” Morton Gould’s “American Salute” and Irving Berlin’s “Symphonic Portrait.”

“America, The Beautiful” will be performed along with Duke Ellington’s “It Don’t Mean a Thing if it Ain’t Got That Swing.” The concert wraps up with the epitome of Fourth of July concert closers Peter Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” and John Philip Sousa’s “Stars and Strips Forever.”

The concert will be sprinkled with blues selections, notably featuring NSO’s principal clarinetist Rich Goldman. For this one, Goldman will switch to tenor sax. His silky sounds will be featured on George Gershwin’s “Summertime” from “Porgy and Bess” (with lyrics by Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward) and the jazz standard “Sweet Georgia Brown.”

Goldman has toured with the Glen Miller and Tommy Dorsey bands and has played extensively in the Twin Cities area.

“This concert will be nothing but pure fun for the audience to experience music they have heard most of their lives,” Halstenson said. “Music that is important to them and to our country. We hope everyone will make a night of it by coming to hear the orchestra and experiencing the fireworks display.”

Tickets are available at door.

Elyse Kaner is at elyse.kaner@ecm-inc.com


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