Summer Pops Concert returning to Glens Falls

GLENS FALLS, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The Glens Falls Symphony has announced the third year of a newer Independence Day event that brings the community to Crandall Park. This year, it comes with something new for young people who want to join in on the music.

The Summer Pops Concert returns to Crandall Park at 7:30 p.m. on July 3. The free show features fireworks at dusk, with a rendition of John Williams’ “Summon the Heroes.” Visitors are encouraged to come early, with chairs, blankets, and whatever else they want to make the celebration complete. The event also includes food and drink vendors.

This year, the concert is joined by the new Youth Arts Experience. Kids will have the chance to have fun with activities that directly engage them with a love for music. The experience is run from 4-6 p.m. by the World Awareness Children’s Museum, the Chapman Museum, the Hyde Collection, Crandall Public Library, Charles R. Wood Theater and “We Are Instrumental.”

“It is so wonderful to be able to bring this beloved concert back to its natural date of July 3 at last, and we especially look forward to engaging young people with fun, inspiring art activities in the afternoon,” said concert Executive Director Jennifer Brink. “This year’s theme is about all the amazing work that our community has done, especially in the past two years, to lift each other up.”

The concert honors hometown heroes, and will welcome State Senator Dan Stec, former Senator Betty Little, Glens Falls City Mayor Bill Collins and Queensbury Town Supervisor John Strough.

The program for the Summer Pops Concert includes:

  • Star-Spangled Banner – Music by John Stafford Smith
  • American Salute – Music by Morton Gould
  • Hands Across the Sea – Music by John Philip Sousa
  • Thunder and Lightning Polka – Music by John Philip Sousa
  • America the Beautiful – Music by John Philip Sousa, Lyrics by Katharine Lee Bates
  • West Side Story – Music by Leonard Bernstein (arr. Jack Mason)
  • God Bless America – Music by Irving Berlin
  • Armed Forces Salute – Music arr. by Douglas E. Wagner
  • Intermission
  • Band of Brothers – Music by Michael Kamen
  • My Country ‘Tis of Thee – Music by Samuel Francis Smith
  • In the Mood Music by Joe Garland, Wingy Malone, and Andy Razaf
  • Justice League – Music by Tom Holkenborg, arr. by Patrick Roszell
  • Rock Around the Clock – Music by Max C. Freedman and James E. Myers
  • Smooth – Music by Itaal Shur and Rob Thomas
  • Grover’s Corners – Music by Aaron Copland, arr. by Paul Lavender
  • Summon the Heroes – Music by John Williams
  • Stars and Stripes Forever – Music by John Philip Sousa

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