“It’s easier to understand a nation by listening to its music than by learning its language.”
On a September night 200 years ago, Francis Scott Key captured the independence and defiance that characterized the spirit of our young nation as he penned the Star Spangled Banner. Over the past 200 years American music has often defined who we are as a people.
This concert will honor the 200th anniversary of our national anthem with music of those great American songwriters who always seemed to understand the soul of our country. Whether in war or peace, in cities or under the big sky, during prosperity and desperation, these songs reminded us of the bonds that connect us all. You’ll hear selections from such American greats as Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Duke Ellington, John Philip Sousa, Leonard Bernstein, George Gershwin, and Aaron Copland.
As an added feature, the Dudley Birder Choral will join the GBSO for breath-taking renditions of Battle Hymm of the Republic, Give Me Your Tired – Your Poor, and a special arrangement entitled In-Memoriam. From rousing marches like the World War I standard Over There, to heart-felt ballads likeSomewhere Over the Rainbow, to selections from the Broadway production West Side Story, to ragtime tunes like The Entertainer, this concert will be as American as Old Glory itself!
We welcome all Packer fans in town for the season home opener! Casual attire is perfect. In fact, we will give away free flags to anyone wearing Red, White, and Blue… or Green & Gold!