Beloit Janesville Symphony Orchestra to celebrate 4th

Beloit Janesville Symphony Orchestra to celebrate 4th


BELOIT—The Beloit Janesville Symphony Orchestra will celebrate John Philip Sousa’s 150th birthday by performing three of his most popular marches at its annual July concerts. Music Director Robert Tomaro has included “The Thunderer,” “El Capitan March,” and the traditional “Stars and Stripes Forever” on this year’s program. The patriotic theme will also be evident with a performance of “The Armed Forces Salute,” where the orchestra will be joined by the BJSO Summer Chorus, under the direction of Ellen Knutson.

State Sen. Judy Robson will join the symphony as a special guest narrator during the performance of “Liberty For All.” This stirring patriotic number is a special tribute to our nation, and features excerpts from historical documents such as the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution. According to Senator Robson, “I am extremely honored to be participating in this celebration of our nation’s independence. What a special way to pay tribute to everyone who has made this country and state a wonderful place to live. What a wonderful opportunity to perform with the symphony.”

The Voices of Praise chorus from the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Beloit will join the orchestra for the performance of “America” and “Total Praise.” Dr. Tomaro said: “I am very pleased to include the Voices of Praise chorus in our annual celebration. This chorus was recommended to me by a member of the Beloit community, and I have really enjoyed working with them.”

Rounding out the program will be three selections from the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific, and the magnificent “1812 Overture.”

The performance will be at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 2, in Courthouse Park in Janesville, and at 7:45 p.m., Friday, July 4 in the Harry C. Moore Pavilion in Beloit. The rain date for the Janesvile concert is July 3, and the rain location for the Beloit concert is Telfer Park.

For more information, contact the BJSO office at (608) 363-2554.

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