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Have you ever noticed that the national anthem is one big question?

Well? Can you see?

Never mind; I’ll tell you what you can hear this weekend, courtesy of the ever-stalwart BSO and their “Star-Spangled Spectacular.” On Saturday, July 2 and Sunday, July 3 at Oregon Ridge, it’s a Standard Patriotic Concert, featuring Tchaikovsky’s The 1812 Overture (which I still love so shut it) and Sousa’s Stars and Stripes Forever (I was once spoiled by James Galway playing the piccolo part; it will never be the same to me again). Seating? Bring a blanket and camp out on the lawn. Rustic! Fireworks to follow.

If you prefer the authenticity of watching your Fourth of July concert on the actual Fourth of July, get thee to Germantown for Germantown Glory (note: this is not, in fact, a town belonging to me). Gloryous activities start at 6 pm, but the important part — the concert — begins at 8 pm. The program is described as “a musical salute to America” which I am reading as “more or less the same thing.” Again, fireworks to follow — and as far as I can tell from the press release, the whole thing’s free.

Okay, great! Once again I have taken care of your holiday plans. You’re welcome.


About Jenn

Despite being the former digital marketing intern at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Jenn German does not like Mozart. Beethoven could've totally beaten him up. Also she has an arts management graduate degree from American University, but this changes nothing.


3 thoughts on “Have you ever noticed that the national anthem is one big question?

  1. Although I always hear it as “Can’t you see how awesome this is?” rather than “can you see that?” or “does that banner wave?”.

    Posted by Chris McGovern | June 28, 2011, 9:42 am
  2. Thanks, but you’re too kind! I grew up in that kind of family.

    Posted by Chris McGovern | June 28, 2011, 12:18 pm

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