There’s Freedom Fair along Tacoma’s waterfront, a parade in Steilacoom, dragon boats on Thea Foss Waterway and fireworks everywhere. And all that Fourth of July frivolity is free.
But that’s all on Thursday, so if you want some free fun to kick off Independence Day a bit early, head up to Seattle where the Seattle Wind Symphony will offer a free musical celebration of America’s heritage on Wednesday.
“Star Spangled Spectacular” aims to capture the patriotic spirit with music such as Bernstein’s “Overture to Candide,” Carmen Dragon’s “America, the Beautiful,” Frank Ticheli’s “Amazing Grace,” Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever” and Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture.” OK, that last one isn’t particularly American, but it is dramatic and includes bells and cannon fire, so you can practically imagine your own fireworks right there in the warm acoustics of Benaroya Hall.
The Wind Symphony is an audition-level large wind ensemble directed by Larry Gookin. Although the 7:30 p.m. concert is free, tickets are required. Send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to the ticket office at P.O. Box 2108, Seattle, WA 98111, or pick them up in person from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday or 1-6 p.m. Saturday at Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle. Maximum four tickets per order.
For more details, go to seattlewindsymphony.orgRosemary Ponnekanti: 253-597-8568 rosemary.ponnekanti@ thenewstribune.com blog.thenewstribune.com/arts