Charlotte Symphony presents Celebrate America

Published 2:05 pm Thursday, May 20, 2021

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The Charlotte Symphony, in partnership with the Charlotte Knights, presents “Celebrate America” at 8:30 p.m. June 25 at Truist Field.

The concert, conducted by Resident Conductor Christopher James Lees, will feature patriotic favorites and memorable anthems and marches, concluding with a fireworks display.

The Symphony will also pay tribute to frontline and essential workers and those who have lost their lives during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lees will open the concert with Jim Stephenson’s “Fanfare for Democracy,” a work premiered at the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris in January.

The program will continue with Morton Gould’s “American Salute” in honor of the bravery of America’s frontline and essential workers.

The Symphony will dedicate John Williams’s “With Malice Towards None” to the memory of those who have lost their lives during the pandemic.

The program will also include works by Leroy Anderson, Aaron Copland, Percy Grainger, Marvin Hamlisch and Duke Ellington. The concert will end with three marches by John Philip Sousa, including “Stars and Stripes Forever,” followed by a fireworks display. The evening will also feature a guest appearance by Charlotte Knights mascot Homer the Dragon.

“Celebrate America” and Evenings at the Park performances will replace the Charlotte Symphony’s annual Summer Pops concerts.

In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be held the following evening, June 26, at 8:30 p.m. If inclement weather prevents the concert from proceeding on either date, the concert will not be rescheduled and the CSO will contact ticket-holders with their options.

Tickets seated in the bowl are $25 and can be purchased at