There were several interesting and popular pieces on the program. The themes of "Pink Panther" and "Peter Gunn" were the first for me but it was fun (there were lots of pieces by Henry Mancini). The most difficult one was "March Slave" by Tchaikovsky. Unfortunately I had never played it and it's got lots of key changes going to six sharps, plus lots of lots of high notes. Oh well, somehow I managed it.... Here's my favorite "March Slave", Chicago Symphony with Claudio Abbado:
As in many of Independence Day related pops concerts, we are playing Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture which has NOTHING to do with American independence from England. The piece is about Russia defeating Napoleon in 1812... I don't quite understand why it's a popular July 4th concert rep, often performed with real cannons or fireworks. Last night was with bird chirping, church bells and audience fireworks participation.