July 4 2017
Monterey County Pops! will present its annual free Independence Day concert on Tuesday, July 4, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in the Golden State Theater, 417 Alvarado, Monterey.
No tickets are required. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
The Monterey County Pops! is pleased to present this musical extravaganza free of charge to the community. In addition to the orchestra playing patriotic favorites and “pops” classics by Bach and Berlioz, the 90-minute program will feature a world-renowned guest conductor, two outstanding instrumental soloists, the Monterey County Pops!/Palenke Arts Youth Chorus, and 9 violin and viola soloists from the Youth Orchestra of Salinas (YOSAL).
As Phil Bowhay wrote in the Monterey Herald of June 6, 2016, “If you missed the Memorial Day concert on Colton Hall Lawn, don’t despair! You’ll have another chance on the Fourth of July at the Golden State Theatre, also free! And if you were there, you will for sure be there on the 4th!”
Bowhay continued, “Friends, I can tell you that the Monterey County Pops Band is just about the best you will ever hear, and I’ve heard a lot of bands.”
The 40-member fully professional orchestra conducted by Monterey County Pops! Music Director, Dr. Carl Christensen, will present a program of pops, patriotic, and Americana favorites. Featured soloists include the Monterey County Pops!/Palenke Arts Youth Chorus conducted by Juan Sánchez, young Pacific Grove trombonist, Elijah Taurke, winner of the Youth Music Monterey 2017 solo competition, nine youth soloists on violin and viola from the Youth Orchestra of Salinas, and xylophone soloist, Beverly Dorcy.
A pre-concert performance on the theater’s mighty Wurlitzer Organ will be presented by noted local organist, Tom Delay.
A very special feature of the concert is a guest appearance by the Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Carmel Bach Festival, Paul Goodwin. In celebration of the 80th Anniversary of the Carmel Bach Festival, Maestro Goodwin has been invited to conduct an orchestral arrangement of the Little Fugue in G Minor of J.S. Bach that was popularized by Leopold Stokowski and the Philadelphia Orchestra.
One of Europe’s most versatile and creative conductors, Paul Goodwin is now in his seventh season as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Carmel Bach Festival. He is the fourth maestro to hold this position in the organization’s distinguished nearly 80-year history and succeeds the extraordinary Bruno Weil. Based in a leafy village near London, Goodwin’s career has taken many twists and turns. Like many British musicians, he was involved in music from an early age as a boy soprano (in the renowned Temple Church Choir in central London) and then oboist. He has conducted many national orchestras including those of Spain, Belgium, France, Scotland, Poland, Taiwan, Sweden and Finland. In the United States, his credits include guest conducting appearances with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Seattle Symphony, the National Symphony in Washington, DC, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the San Francisco Symphony.
Musical highlights will include selections from Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring, the Hungarian March by Berlioz, symphonic settings of video game music from Halo, Civilization IV, and Kingdom Hearts, and marches by John Philip Sousa.
The program will conclude with the finale of Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” complete with electronic church bells and cannons with colorful projections of fireworks and patriotic images.
The Monterey County Pops!/Palenke Arts Youth Chorus conducted by Juan Sánchez will perform “Muros y puertas/Walls and doors” by Carlos Varela and “The Greatest” by Sia and Kendrick Lamar. The latter has created a YouTube sensation with a performance by the PS22 Chorus, an elementary school chorus from Public School 22 in Graniteville, Staten Island, NY. It is composed of fifth-graders.
Violin and viola soloists from the Youth Orchestra of Salinas (YOSAL) will perform music of Antonio Vivaldi. YOSAL is non-profit organization committed to transforming the lives of our youth and communities through the inspiration, discipline, and performance of classical ensemble music. Founded in the Summer of 2010, YOSAL is an El Sistema-inspired orchestral and choral education program. Students from kindergarten through high school engage in daily practice and music classes after school, perform regularly on stage in one of the orchestras, our choir, or one of several music ensembles. They learn to be responsible citizens and develop interpersonal and collaborative skills as their self-confidence grows.
Young Pacific Grove trombonist, Elijah Taurke, winner of the Youth Music Monterey 2017 solo competition will perform the “Symphonic Piece” for trombone and orchestra by Alexandre Guilmant. Elijah, a freshman at Pacific Grove High School, has been playing trombone since the age of eight when he started with the OITS (Orchestra in the Schools) program. His teachers have included Alex Bedner and Carl Christensen both with Monterey County Pops! and his present teacher Suzanne Mudge with the Carmel Bach Festival. Guilmant was a French organist and composer who died in 1911. This piece is one of the most frequently performed trombone solos, enjoying longstanding popularity among both professional and advanced student trombonists.
A very special treat on the program will be a performance on the Xylophone by long-time Monterey County Pops! timpanist, Beverly Reese Dorcy of The Golden Age of the Xylophone. The instrument enjoyed a surge of popularity in America during the early 1900’s as it was well suited to the percussive and lively music of the era. The medley includes Shine on Harvest Moon, Bill Bailey, and Twelfth Street Rag. Beverly, a Minnesota native, is an active freelance timpanist and percussionist in both the San Diego and San Francisco Bay areas. She has performed with the Marin Symphony, Oakland Symphony, Berkeley Symphony, California Symphony, San Francisco Pocket Opera, West Edge Opera, and San Francisco Golden Gate Park Band, among others, and toured Brazil performing with the San Francisco Women’s Philharmonic. She is in her 18th year with the Monterey County Pops!
CONTACTS FOR INTERVIEWS:
Board President – Ken White (831) 624-4538
Board Vice President – Doug Lee (831) 373-8550
Conductor – Carl Christensen (831) 484-5511