Northern Symphony goes to the movies for holiday

The Northern Symphony Orchestra marks America’s upcoming birthday with its second annual Independence Day celebration concert.

The Northern Symphony Orchestra’s second annual Independence Day celebration concert features dual themes: traditional American-inspired music and music from the movies. File photo submitted

The Northern Symphony Orchestra’s second annual Independence Day celebration concert features dual themes: traditional American-inspired music and music from the movies. File photo submitted

The July 3 concert, under the baton of Michael Halstenson, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. at Anoka High School. Tickets for adults are $10, seniors are $5 and kids 18 and under are free.

The concert, with a dual Fourth of July and “NSO Goes to the Movies” themes, will wind down just in time to catch some fireworks at the high school at dusk.

“Last year was a steamy, hot day and the air-conditioned atmosphere of the Anoka auditorium was welcome relief for all concert-goers,” Halstenson said.

“It might be the best selling point of the concert,” he said, tongue-in-cheek.

On the lineup in this year’s concert are the traditional Fourth of July musical trimmings: “America the Beautiful,” “Star Spangled Banner,” “1812 Overture” and “The Stars and Stripes Forever.”

As a featured theme, the orchestra will perform music from popular movies. Among the films are: “Star Wars,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Amadeus,” “Sound of Music” and “2001 Space Odyssey.”

But this year offers a special treat. NSO will play a new piece commissioned by the orchestra and written by composer Nicholas Jacobson-Larson, a native of Anoka and an Anoka High School graduate.

His composition will be for a film “not yet written,” according to Halstenson. To up the fun factor, the audience will help determine the subject of the film.

“Nicholas was a bright shining star during his days at Anoka,” Halstenson said. “He continued all of it with his work in Boston and is now making waves in the film industry in Los Angeles.”

It was there that Jacobson-Larson met with renowned composer John Williams and started working in Michael Giacchino’s studios. Giacchino composed music for the film “Up” and the new “Star Trek.”

Jacobson-Larson recently finished a project as orchestrator for “Star Trek: Live to Projection,” which premiered in April in Lucerne, Switzerland. He has also orchestrated music for a new documentary, “Cutting the Lines.”

Among his many accomplishments, Jacobson-Larson is the 2012 recipient of the ASCAP Foundation Michelle and Dean Kay Award for outstanding work by a promising new composer.

So, get a head start on your Fourth of July celebration with the cool music of the NSO, followed by some steamy fireworks.

“The evening has something for everyone, young and old,” Halstenson said.

Anoka High School is located at 3939 Seventh Ave. N. Tickets available at door. For more information, visit www.northernsymphonyorchestra.org.

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

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