McLean Symphony Presents ‘Sights and Sounds of America’ as Part of Mason’s Summer Festival

Posted: June 9, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: June 9, 2009 at 12:15 pm

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Journalist and broadcaster Roger Mudd will serve as host and narrator, headlining a concert on Flag Day, Sunday, June 14, by the McLean Symphony.

Titled “Sounds and Sights of America,” the program will be a multimedia event with music, photography, literature and history presented at Mason’s Center for the Arts Concert Hall.

The schedule is as follows:

  • 11:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. – Picnic lunch and beverages for sale
  • 2:15 p.m. – Pre-concert program with Mudd, Emmy Award-winning journalist and broadcaster, and Dingwall Fleary, the McLean Symphony music director
  • 3 p.m. concert – “Sounds and Sights of America!”
  • Post-concert – Mudd will sign his new memoir, “The Place to Be: Washington, CBS and the Glory Days of Television News”

During the concert, Mudd will narrate “Tom Sawyer’s Saturday,” taken from the pen of Mark Twain, with music by John Dankworth.

Americana music selections will be performed by the symphony with some featuring the specially formed McLean Symphony Festival Singers.

“Armed Forces Salute” is a patriotic medley featuring the recognizable tunes of all branches of the military: “Anchors Aweigh,” “Marine’s Hymn,” “Semper Paratus,” “The Caissons Go Rolling Along” and “Off We Go Into the Wild Blue Yonder.”

Another audience treat will be an arrangement of the traditional folk tune “Clementine” by McLean Symphony member Michael Ream.

The concert also includes Duke Ellington’s “Harlem.” Other musical surprises are also in store.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students; tickets for youth through grade 12 are half price. To reserve tickets call 1-888-945-2468 or see tickets.com.

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