Led by Assistant Conductor Roderick Cox, the 8:30 p.m. concert is followed by Minneapolis Parks’ “Red, White and Boom!” fireworks display
Patriotic concert is one of five free outdoor programs the Orchestra will perform from June 27 to July 4
The Minnesota Orchestra will join the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board’s “Red, White and Boom!” Fourth of July celebration this summer, performing a free concert on the banks of the Mississippi River at Boom Island Park, 8:30 p.m. on Independence Day. Led by Assistant Conductor Roderick Cox, the patriotic-themed program will feature Sousa marches, Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture and a range of high-energy music by composers from John Williams to Richard Wagner. The annual Red, White and Boom! fireworks display will follow the concert at 10 p.m. along the river.
“We are thrilled to play a free Fourth of July concert in Minneapolis,” said Minnesota Orchestra President and CEO Kevin Smith. “Last summer, several Orchestra musicians suggested it was time to make this happen, and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board responded very enthusiastically when we reached out. The Fourth of July is a holiday with a great American musical tradition, and we are really happy to celebrate it this year on Boom Island.”
The concert is co-presented with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. “For more than a century, the Minnesota Orchestra and the Minneapolis Park System have been an integral part of the community so we’re excited to showcase both during our annual celebration along the river,” said Jayne Miller, Superintendent of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. “Boom Island is a beautiful setting for the Orchestra’s inspiring music.”
The Minnesota Orchestra annually dedicates a week each summer to free outdoor “Symphony for the Cities” performances around the Twin Cities and beyond. In addition to Boom Island Park, other performance sites for free Minnesota Orchestra concerts this summer will include Lakefront Park in Hudson, Wisconsin; the Lake Harriet Bandshell in Minneapolis; the Hilde Performance Center in Plymouth; and Winona’s Lake Park. Although the Orchestra regularly offers free concerts in Minneapolis, it has been almost thirty years since the ensemble has performed an outdoor Fourth of July concert in Minneapolis; on July 4, 1988 the Orchestra played outdoors on Peavey Plaza, performing an audience sing-along of God Bless America.
Assistant Conductor Roderick Cox, who joined the Orchestra last June, will lead the Symphony for the Cities performances. A native of Georgia, Cox recently led the Detroit Symphony in a concert paying tribute to soprano Jessye Norman. Next January he makes his Minnesota Orchestra subscription concert debut, conducting Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony.
About the Minnesota Orchestra
The Grammy Award-winning Minnesota Orchestra is recognized as one of America’s leading orchestras. Founded in 1903, it performs nearly 175 concerts each year, with 300,000 attending. It is heard internationally through award-winning recordings, radio broadcasts and tours, including a historic 2015 tour to Cuba. On July 4, 1976, the Minnesota Orchestra celebrated the nation’s bicentennial in a patriotic program led by one of America’s greatest composers—Aaron Copland.
About the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and Red, White and Boom! celebration
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board provides places and recreation opportunities for all people to gather and engage in activities that promote health, well-being, community and the environment. Its annual “Red, White and Boom!” draws 90,000 people to sites along the downtown Minneapolis riverfront, and features live music, great food, fun activities for the whole family and the grand finale—fireworks. For details visit minneapolisparks.org.
MINNESOTA ORCHESTRA “SYMPHONY FOR THE CITIES” CONCERTS
Monday, June 27, 2016, 7:30 p.m. / Lakefront Park Bandshell, Hudson, WI.
Tuesday, June 28, 2016, 7:30 p.m. / Lake Harriet Bandshell, Minneapolis
Wednesday, June 29, 2016, 8:30 p.m. / Hilde Performance Center, Plymouth (fireworks follow)
Thursday, June 30, 2016, 8 p.m. / Lake Park, Winona (part of Minnesota Beethoven Festival)
Monday, July 4, 2016, 8:30 p.m. / Boom Island Park/ Minneapolis (fireworks follow)
Roderick Cox, conductor
The Minnesota Orchestra offers a series of free outdoor performances—featuring classical favorites such as Sousa marches and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, music from E.T. and Star Wars: The Force Awakens by film composer John Williams and more—as an annual thank-you to the community and a celebration of patriotic music of all types.
Tickets: FREE, more at minnesotaorchestra.org
Details about all Symphony for the Cities performances with Facebook RSVPs for each:
All programs, artists, dates, times and prices subject to change.
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
Gwen Pappas, Director of Public Relations
Emma Plehal, Public Relations Writer and Coordinator