Independence Day Salute

Thu, July 4, 2024 6:30 pm

PROGRAM

Grant Park Orchestra

Christopher Bell, conductor 

Katelyn Lee, soprano 

David Gordon, trumpet 

 

JOHN WILLIAMS

Liberty Fanfare


JOHN KANDER/arr. TED RICKETTS

Chicago 


FREDERICK LOEWE/arr. JOHNNY GREEN

I Could Have Danced All Night from My Fair Lady 

Katelyn Lee, soprano


LEONARD BERNSTEIN

Somewhere from West Side Story

Katelyn Lee, soprano


arr. JEFF TYZIK

American Celebration

Katelyn Lee, soprano


FLORENCE PRICE/arr. WILLIAM GRANT STILL

Nimble Feet from Dances in the Canebrakes 


JEAN-BAPTISTE ARBAN/arr. SERGEI NAKARIAKOV

The Carnival of Venice 

David Gordon, trumpet


LEROY ANDERSON

The Waltzing Cat


arr. ROBERT WENDEL

From Sea to Shining Sea


arr. ROBERT LOWDEN

Armed Forces Salute


SAMUEL WARD/arr. PAUL SCOTT

America the Beautiful


JOHN PHILIP SOUSA

Stars and Stripes Forever

 

LOCATION

Jay Pritzker Pavilion


RUN TIME

Approx. 75 minutes


SPONSORS

This program is generously supported by NASCAR’s Chicago Street Race
and American Accents Series Sponsor AbelsonTaylor Group. 

Special thanks to Nancy Meyerson and to the color guard from
the Rickover Naval Academy, a Chicago public school. 

Tonight’s concert is being broadcast and streamed live on 98.7WFMT and wfmt.com 

MEET THE ARTISTS

Katelyn Lee

Soprano

Recognized by Chicago Classical Review as having a “beautifully bright” and “silvery” tone, American soprano Katelyn Lee is making her mark in Chicago and across the United States. Known for her ability to sing numerous styles with ease, Katelyn is regularly sought after to perform opera, art song, musical theatre, and oratorio. This versatility has provided her with the opportunity to collaborate with notable arts organizations across the country.

Katelyn has performed numerous opera and musical theatre roles. She has sung in multiple productions at Lyric Opera of Chicago, including the title role in Hansel and Gretel. Other companies include Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Haymarket Opera Company, Chicago Opera Theater, Ozarks Lyric Opera, Cedar Rapids Opera, and Folks Operetta. Notable roles include Romilda in Serse, Rosina in The Barber of Seville, Doris Parker in Charlie Parker’s Yardbird, Cunegonde in Candide, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, and the Female Narrator in the world premiere of Jason and the Argonauts.

In concert, Katelyn has sung a wide variety of repertoire. She is a frequent soloist with Music of the Baroque, led by world-renowned conductor, Dame Jane Glover. Recently with MOB, Katelyn sang the role of Angel in Handel’s Jephtha. In April of 2023, Katelyn performed the role of Nellie Forbush in concert with the New Philharmonic Orchestra alongside Nathan Gunn and Ann Harada. Other credits include Grant Park Symphony, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, Elgin Symphony Orchestra, Champaign-Urbana Symphony, Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra, Chicago Master Singers, and Chicago a cappella.

Katelyn is currently based in Chicago and lives with her husband and tenor, Joe Shadday and their cat, Liza. She is a proud Midwesterner, originally hailing from Springfield, Missouri.

David Gordon

Trumpet

David Gordon, whose playing has been described as “spectacular” by the Chicago Tribune, is Principal Trumpet of the Seattle Symphony and Chicago’s Grant Park Symphony Orchestra.

As a soloist, Gordon has appeared with the symphony orchestras of Seattle, Grant Park, and Charleston (with whom he performed as soloist every season of his tenure), the National Repertory Orchestra and the Lake George Chamber Orchestra. He has performed as Principal Trumpet of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, and has also performed, recorded and toured as Principal Trumpet of the London Symphony Orchestra and as Trompette Solo of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France.

Gordon has served as Principal Trumpet of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Jupiter Symphony, Prometheus Chamber Orchestra and Moscow Chamber Orchestra. He has performed with the Boston, New Jersey and Savannah symphony orchestras.

Gordon has toured extensively in Europe, North and South America, and has performed in prestigious festivals including Tanglewood and Schleswig-Holstein.

Gordon is a faculty member of the University of Washington School of Music.

A native of Narragansett, Rhode Island, Gordon was educated at Columbia University and The Juilliard School. He won The New York Times Company National Merit Scholarship and the William C. Byrd Memorial Scholarship.

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