The Full Works Concert - Friday 4 July, 8pm

Jane Jones marks American Independence Day with two hours of music from across the pond.

It's U.S. Independence Day - commonly known as the Fourth of July - the day on which America marks the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, declaring independence from British rule.

As our American cousins are out and about enjoying fireworks, parades, barbecues, fairs, picnics and other festivities, Jane Jones has some of the greatest music to emerge from the United States in the 20th century.
 

Leonard Bernstein: West Side Story – Suite for Violin and Orchestra
Violin: Joshua Bell
David Zinman conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra

Scott Joplin: Maple Leaf Rag
Piano: Joshua Rifkin 

Aaron Copland: Appalachian Spring
Richard Hickox conducts the City of London Symphony Orchestra

George Gershwin: Second Rhapsody for Piano and Orchestra
Michael Tilson Thomas directs the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra from the keyboard

Samuel Barber: Adagio for Strings
Leonard Bernstein conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra

Morten Lauridsen: O Magnum Mysterium
David Hill conducts the Choir of St. John’s College, Cambridge

Ferde Grofé: Mississippi Suite
William T. Stromberg conducts the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

John Philip Sousa: The Stars and Stripes Forever
Leonard Slatkin conducts the Boston Pops Orchestra

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