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Summer Concert, June 23


Andrew Barth.

The Tehachapi Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. David Newby, and the Tehachapi Symphonic Chorus led by Sandra Adams, will celebrate the Fourth of July with a stirring program of show tunes, movie music, patriotic songs, marches and light classical music.

The concert will be on Sunday, June 23 at Country Oaks Baptist Church located at 20915 Schout Rd. in Tehachapi.

Francis Scott Key (1779-1843) wrote the words to "The Star-Spangled Banner" while watching the British bombard Fort McHenry in Baltimore Harbor during the War of 1812. In 1931, "The Star-Spangled Banner" was officially designated as our national anthem.

Arranged by Robert Lowden, Armed Forces Salute is a spirited medley of tunes saluting the military service of the United States with their respective songs. If you are a member of or a veteran of any of the armed services, you are invited to stand when you hear that service's song. In recognition and thanks for all armed forces service members, the Tehachapi Symphony Orchestra would like to invite you to join us in saluting these brave men and women.

On Dec. 11, 1987, President Ronald Reagan designated John Philip Sousa's "The Stars and Stripes Forever" as the national march of the U.S. Sousa composed this march in 1896.


Charles Fernandez.

A raffle ticket was drawn at the May 19 concert for a chance to conduct the orchestra. The lucky winner, Kristi Bales, will conduct the Stars and Stripes after intermission.

There will be a world premiere performance of three pieces arranged by TSO members. Andrew Barth, the symphony's French Horn player, has arranged "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly." Barth is a mechanical engineer at Scaled, but for fun, he loves listening to movie music and arranging it for the orchestra. Charles Fernandez plays bassoon as a guest musician with the symphony. The orchestra will be playing his arrangements "A Taste of Honey" and "Belle" from Beauty and the Beast.

Other pieces include Patriotic Celebration, Porgy and Bess Selection, Copland's Variations on a "Shaker Theme" and "Outdoor Overture," Leroy Anderson's "Blue Tango," music from "Frozen" and John Williams' "Raiders March."

Audience members may meet directors, composers and musicians following the concert during the reception. The concert will be livestreamed and like previous concerts, can be found and enjoyed through the Tehachapi Symphony website or on YouTube. All Tehachapi Symphony Orchestra concerts are FREE to the community. Concerts, though, are not free to produce. Please check the http://www.tehachapiorchestra.com website for more information about sponsorships and donations or call (661) 821-7511.