A Pre-Independence Day Celebration

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Date(s) - 07/02/2023
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Janet & Ray Scherr Forum Theatre


Subscription Concert 4“A Celebration of Independence and Sovereignty – Join us as we pay special tribute to the military heroes that have helped make America the greatest nation on earth. In addition, we’ll feature profoundly moving and powerful works that recognize the determination of indigenous peoples and religious minorities in their efforts to establish (and re-establish) their nationhood.

Along with patriotic favorites and music by Aaron Copland and Giuseppe Verdi, this very special event will feature:

  • Actress Carolyne Maraghi narrating Ron Nelson’s powerful “To the Airborne”
  • David Gillingham’s atmospheric tribute to the Seminole nation, “Council Oak”
  • Marie Knecht’s fascinating account of her father’s place in bringing Oskar Schindler’s list to light
  • Famed local violinist Ruth Bruegger performing the Main Title to Steven Spielberg’s classic film adaptation Thomas Keneally’s book.

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Concert Order:

  • Key (arr. Smith), Star Spangled Banner (Traditional)
  • Gillingham, “Council Oak”
  • Copeland, “An Outdoor Adventure” (Meggie Malloy, soloist)
  • Nelson, “To the Airborne” (Carolyne Marghi, narrator)
  •  *** Break / Intermission ***
  • Verdi, “Overture to Nabucco
  • Gould, “Holocaust Suite” (first movement)
  • “Oskar Schindler, Thomas Keneally and My Father” (Marie Knecht, presenter)
  • Williams, “Schindler’s List” (main title) – with violinist Ruth Bruegger
  • Goldstein, “Patriotic Medley”


  • 10:00AM – Scherr crew arrives to set stage (with mics)
  • 11:30AM – Tech rehearsal with narrator (microphone and scrim settings for Holocaust presentation)
  • 12:00 Noon – Sound Check (“To the Airborne” for narrator and band)
  • 12:30PM – Sound Check (“Schindler’s List” for violin and band)
  • 12:45PM – Sound Check (no microphone – Outdoor Adventure, Nabucco, and Council Oak)
  • 1-2:00PM – Crew lunch
  • 2:30PM – Concert begins
  • 3:20PM – Intermission
  • 3:40PM – Concert resumes
  • 4:30PM – Concert finish