As Independence Day approaches, Portland looks forward to southern Maine’s largest annual Fourth of July celebration: the Stars and Stripes Spectacular. The event, which began in 2010, draws an estimated 60,000-70,000 spectators to Portland’s Eastern Promenade for music, food vendors and, of course, fireworks.
The Portland Symphony Orchestra (PSO) plays an integral role in this celebration each year, serenading the crowd with a free Patriotic Pops concert that includes both traditional patriotic music and more recent American cultural sensations, such as a medley from “Star Trek.” The PSO will be joined this year by Don McLean, who is most famous for his classic 1972 chart-topper, “American Pie.”
This year’s concert also features a celebration of Bowdoin: The PSO Pops will be performing “Remembering Tilly,” a medley arranged by Bowdoin emeritus board member Terry D. Stenberg ’56. Listed on the program as “The Bowdoin Medley,” the piece includes five songs synonymous with Bowdoin history and tradition: “We’ll sing to Old Bowdoin,” Forward the White,” “Beneath the Pines,” “Raise Songs to Bowdoin,” and “Bowdoin Beata.”
Click here to listen to a 5-minute sample of Stenberg’s arrangement, recorded by the PSO in 2012.
For additional information and event details, visit the Stars and Stripes Spectacular website.