Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Luke, I am your founding father

The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra put on a good show last night at World's Fair Park. They finished with their traditional performances of the "1812 Overture" and "The Stars and Stripes Forever." I love the "1812 Overture" but I'm still puzzled why a song about the Russians and the French would be played in the USA every year on the Fourth of July. I credit (or blame) Arthur Fiedler for popularizing the tradition. I guess if it was good enough for Fiedler, it's good enough for me because "Evening at Pops" was regular viewing at our house when I was growing up.

Maybe Maestro Lucas Richman can get some ideas by watching a replay of the Nashville Symphony's performance during their fireworks last night. I'm watching it on my TiVo right now. They started with the themes from "2001: A Space Odyssey" and "Star Wars," then played the "National Emblem March," "Ride of the Valkyries" and "Semper Fidelis." Never mind. Now they're playing the finale from the "1812 Overture" followed by "The Stars and Stripes Forever." It turns out that the National Symphony Orchestra played the "1812" finale in DC too.

I used my modest digital camera to record the fireworks at the end of the "1812 Overture" in Knoxville last night. I wish I had cleared just a few more seconds of space on my memory card beforehand. You'll see what I mean if you watch it on YouTube. It's cool that our local fireworks are from the same Tennessee company that has put on huge shows in DC and Nashville for years.

The only thing wrong with last night's concert was the unfortunate choice of a piece called "I Bought Me A Cat." We were embarrassed for Katy Wolfe Zahn, a talented singer forced to make unpleasant animal sounds throughout the song.

Before the show, I snapped a photo of our friends Karen and Ihsan onstage. In addition to performing with the KSO, they have a business called Sequoyah Strings.

Oh wait, who's that over there with local TV legend Bill Williams? Is that Abby Ham? I think it is. Do I dare walk closer? Find out tomorrow.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

So did you talk to her or not?? The suspense is killing me!!

Blogger Lindsey said...

Great suspense.

I already know the answer though. You and Mark had me rolling listening to the whole scenario.

Anonymous Pam Mc said...

OOOOOOOOOooooo a cliffhanger!!! I'll be back tomorrow to find out what you did Frank. Please remain calm....

Anonymous Ed Munster said...

Thank you, Frank! That pic of Abby and Bill shows Abby's feet!! As I said before, Ed Munster likes feet!


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