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Devendorf Park, Carmel – 2:00 p.m., July 4, 2023

Monterey County Pops! is pleased to celebrate July 4, 2023 with a free, live, informal public concert of pops and patriotic music “on the lawn” in Carmel-by-the-Sea’s Devendorf Park.

In cooperation with the City of Carmel-by-the-Sea, the festive day will begin with an open rehearsal and sound check 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The popular local barbershop chorus Monterey Peninsula Cypressaires led by Kristen Thompson will entertain from 1:00 to 1:45 p.m.

The President of MCP!, Steve DeCarli, will welcome the public to the organization’s third annual Devendorf Park 4th of July performance beginning at 2:00 p.m.

The fully-professional 38-member orchestra will be conducted and hosted bi-lingually by MCP! Music Director, Dr. Carl Christensen. Special guests will include Monterey County author Robert Walton who will deliver Lincoln’s immortal Gettysburg Address as part of “A New Birth of Freedom,” a composition by Randol Bass which was commissioned by the United States “President’s Own” Marine Band in 2009.

The french horn section led by Salinas native Eliodoro Vallecillo will perform Leroy Anderson’s “Horn Players Holiday.”

Monterey County Pops! will honor the arrival of the new Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Carmel Bach Festival, Grete Pedersen, with a performance of the Norwegian March “Valdres.”

The program will include the world premier of “Yosemite Overture” by local composer and horn player with MCP!, Jackie Orzel. The overture is the third in a series of California tone poems. The introduction with dramatic entrances from the lowest tuba to the highest piccolo represents the monolithic promontories that are emblematic of Yosemite. Dizzying woodwind scales represent the ever-moving water, from the falls to the rapids of the Merced River.

“Salute To American Jazz” features jazz classics such a “A Night in Tunisia,” “St. Louis Blues,” and “Birdland.” The program will conclude with the 1812 Overture Finale, and John Philip Sousa’s Stars and Stripes Forever.

The audience is invited to dress for an outdoor event and to bring lawn chairs or picnic blankets.

Thank you to our sponsors.

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