The Mariposa Symphony Orchestra’s annual “Independence Day Spectacular!” Concert will be held on Saturday, July 1 at 7 PM in the Mariposa County Park Amphitheatre.
The centerpiece of the MSO’s closing concert of its 15th season is Aaron Copland’s paean to down-home, rural Americana: his 1944 Appalachian Spring. Considered Copland’s greatest ballet score, Appalachian Spring is notable for popularizing the Shaker dancing song “Simple Gifts,” which Copland plucked from a century of near-obscurity and turned into a universally-known and loved tune. The concert will also feature the rousing Festival Overture on the American National Air by Dudley Buck and five marches by America’s “March King” John Philip Sousa, as well as popular marches and Americana by other composers.
The annual MSO “Independence Day Spectacular!” Concert is billed as “Mariposa’s own version of the Hollywood Bowl,” with patrons invited to dine at one of the town’s many fine restaurants or to bring a picnic dinner to enjoy on the lawn. The music is performed as the evening cools and the stars come out, in an old-fashioned celebration of America’s birthday.
The MSO is a program of the Mariposa County Arts Council and the MSO’s Founder and Music Director Les Marsden will conduct the concert. General admission tickets for the MSO’s July 1st Independence Day Spectacular! Concert are $10 for adults and $6 for students, with special discounted rates for Mariposa County Arts Council members. Full concert information is available at the Arts Council’s MSO Page: http://tinyurl.com/MariposaSO and a link for secure online ticket purchase will be found on that MSO page.