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The North Carolina Symphony will celebrate America’s 240th birthday with a concert of patriotic favorites and high-spirited classics in its traditional free Independence Day concert, with fireworks, at Fayetteville’s Festival Park, Friday, July 1, at 8 p.m.  Concertgoers may bring food and non-alcoholic beverages.  Pets are not permitted in Festival Park.

The program, which will be conducted by Symphony Associate Conductor David Glover, will include “Servicemen on Parade,” “The Star-Spangled Banner,” a Symphonic Suite from the film Gettysburg, and John Williams’ “Midway March,” and Aaron Copland selections including “Hoe Down” from Rodeo.   The concert also includes John Philip Sousa’s “The Stars and Stripes Forever,” Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture,” and much more.  Scott MacLeod will sing.

Scott MacLeod has appeared in a variety of venues nationally and abroad, including Opera North, Utah Festival Opera, Opera Omaha, Central City Opera, Mobile Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Greensboro Opera, Opera on the James, Eastern Music Festival, the Tucson Symphony, the North Carolina Symphony, the National Symphony of Costa Rica and Carnegie Hall.

His performances have spanned classical and musical theater genres. Notable roles include the title character in Don Giovanni and Gianni Schicchi, Count Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro, Gaylord Ravenal in Show Boat and Fred/Petruchio in Kiss Me, Kate. Concert work includes Requiem by Mozart, Brahms and Fauré; Handel’s Messiah; Orff’s Carmina Burana; Saint-Saëns’ Christmas Oratorio; and Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem and Five Mystical Songs. Recent performances include “Broadway Romance” with the North Carolina Symphony, Rusalka with the North Carolina Opera, Jiri Kaderábek’s Kafka’s Women with the NYC Center for Contemporary Opera and Daughter of the Regiment with Greensboro Opera.

The performance is part of the Symphony’s summer “Concerts in Your Community,” free concerts presented throughout the state. Complete information on the performance is available at or by calling the Symphony Box Office at 919.733.2750 or toll free 877.627.6724.

The concert’s Presenting Sponsor is Reed-Lallier Chevrolet. The Concert Sponsor is Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks and Recreation, and the Arts Council of Fayetteville and Cumberland County is Concert Partner.  Media partners are the Fayetteville Observer and Cumulus Radio Fayetteville. 

About the North Carolina Symphony

Founded in 1932 and subsequently made an entity of the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, the North Carolina Symphony employs 66 professional musicians under the artistic leadership of Music Director and Conductor Grant Llewellyn and Resident Conductor William Henry Curry. Every year, this orchestra performs over 175 concerts in more than 50 North Carolina counties, with some 60 of those concerts offered in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill metropolitan area.

The Symphony boasts two spectacular home venues: Meymandi Concert Hall at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh and Booth Amphitheatre in Cary, N.C. The Symphony also travels 18,000 miles each year to present concert series in Fayetteville, New Bern, Southern Pines and Wilmington; individual concerts in communities across the state; and one of the most extensive education programs of any U.S. orchestra.  For more information, visit the North Carolina Symphony website at or call toll free 877.627.6724.

Program Listing:

North Carolina Symphony
“Concerts in Your Community: Independence Day”
David Glover, conductor
Scott MacLeod, baritone

Festival Park, Fayetteville, N.C.
July 1, 2016, 8 p.m.

SMITH: The Star Spangled Banner

GOULD: American Salute

GOULD: Yankee Doodle

COPLAND: “Corral Nocturne” and “Hoe Down” from Rodeo

COPLAND: Selections from Old American Songs
      Scott MacLeod, baritone


HAYMAN: Servicemen on Parade  

BAGLEY: National Emblem March

HAYMAN: Americana Suite  

BECKEL: Amazing Grace

EDELMAN: Symphonic Suite from the film Gettysburg

SOUSA: Powhatan’s Daughter March

SOUSA: Hands Across the Sea March

TCHAIKOVSKY: 1812 Overture

SOUSA: The Stars and Stripes Forever