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A Patriotic Prelude with a Virginia Connection

Miguel Acosta

As the nation prepares to celebrate its independence, WHRO-FM 90.3 invites you to join Raymond Jones for a special edition of "A Local Touch – Music with a Virginia Connection" this Wednesday at 9:00 p.m. This week’s program features a carefully curated selection of classical music perfect for the eve of the Fourth of July.

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The evening begins with a July 4th Concert from Colonial Williamsburg, a historically rich performance that captures the spirit of early America. This will be followed by Randall Thompson’s "The Testament of Freedom," a stirring composition that sets to music the powerful words of Thomas Jefferson, a key figure in Virginia's—and America's—history.

Next, we travel to Staunton for "Heifetz on the Air," presenting an episode entitled "Independence Day." This segment promises to bring a unique musical experience, celebrating the essence of American freedom.

The journey continues back in Norfolk, with the Old Dominion University Schola Cantorum, led by the esteemed Lee Tepley, performing "A Capella Americana." And finally, the program wraps up with a charming and patriotic performance by Williamsburg’s own Dean Shostak, who will play "Yankee Doodle" on a fiddle reputedly owned by the legendary Davy Crockett.

Tune in this Wednesday at 9:00 PM for an evening of exceptional music with a Virginia connection, celebrating the eve of Independence Day in true patriotic style.

And then join us on the Fourth of July as well for a rich celebration of American music throughout the day, capped off by the next program in our “Classical Americana” series at 9:00 p.m.: “Wonderful Town – The Sounds of New York, New York”. Lara Downes swings you through the sights, sounds and stories of the city that never sleeps, from Gershwin capturing the soul of New York in the roaring 20s, to Jessie Montgomery doing the same, almost a century later.

Celebrate the Fourth with us at WHRO-FM 90.3, or stream online!