we look forward every year to the concert nearest July 4th for the 1812 Overture. The Chamber Orchestra always does it right, with cannons from the national guard, or I guess more recently sound effects. EXCEPT this July 3. There were scattered showers predicted, but we trudged up to the square at 3:30 for the 7 p.m. concert anyway to get good spaces. The concert started late because o a slight mist. I understand that. They have to protect the musicians and the instruments. They announced because of a late start, they'd skip the intermission. Because it was sprinkling again at 8, they did have an intermission. Okay. But when they come back, another Gershwin song, they do the tribute to the service members, present and past (to applause and cheers) and announce they're going to do an abbreviated version of the 1812. It amounted to the 2.99 Overture. Just under 3 minutes. They should have cut one of the Gershwin songs. Sometimes when "local institutions" read their own press clippings, they forget about the audience. Then after they cut the 1812, they do the Washington Post March! We won't bother going again unless it's perfect weather so they can perform what's listed, AND their signature July 4th piece. Oh by the way, another reviewer complained about not being able to talk with friends during the concerts, I think he or his ilk sits by us every concert. Yes it's a free concert, and not in a concert hall, but don't be a jerk and spoil it for people who want to enjoy the music. I've even had people leave their blanket and take a call, speaking loudly over the music and come over where we're sitting because they don't want to bother their own party!
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