Monday, July 4, 2011

A Little Night Music

Happy Fourth of July.

Arthur Fiedler, the legendary conductor of the Boston Pops, died on July 10, 1979. A memorial concert was held for him at the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade along the Charles River for him recreating the annual Fourth of July concert, complete with the 1812 Overture and guns and bells and all the trimmings. I happened to be in Boston that week and I went with my cousins. The last piece was, as always, Sousa’s Stars and Stripes Forever. As the orchestra burst into the opening bars, the conductor, Harry Ellis Dickson, left the stage, and the band played on. There wasn’t a dry eye in the place.