Dan Locklair’s “Independence Day” from Symphony No. 2, “America,” will be performed July 4 as part of the Pendergrast Family Patriotic Pops, presented by the Brevard Music Center Summer Music Festival in Brevard. Locklair is professor of music at Wake Forest.
It will be performed in Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium by the Brevard Concert Orchestra with Ken Lam as conductor.
The premiere performance of the piece occurred last October at Lenoir-Rhyne University.
According to Locklair, “My Symphony No. 2 (“America”) unabashedly celebrates America: The Land of the Free. Begun in May of 2015, this three-movement composition was completed in July of 2016 and is scored for a large triple-wind symphony orchestra. Approximately 22 minutes in length, each movement is a reflection upon a holiday that is at the heart of America: 1. Independence Day; 2. Memorial Day; 3. Thanksgiving Day. A single, well-known melody associated with the essence of each of these American holidays is heard in each movement.”