published Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Patriotic tunes, Disney’s instant classic on tap in Collegedale

Veterans Park near Collegedale City Hall is accessible only by foot.
Veterans Park near Collegedale City Hall is accessible only by foot.
Photo by Contributed Photo /Chattanooga Times Free Press.


What: “Let Freedom Sing” Independence Day Celebration by East Tennessee Symphony Orchestra.

When: 6 p.m. today, July 3.

Where: Veterans Park near Collegedale City Hall (accessible by foot).

Admission: Free.


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    Dr. Brian Liu is the new music director of the East Tennessee Symphony Orchestra. He is on the adjunct faculty at Washington Adventist University and on the artist faculty at the Roberson School of Music.

The East Tennessee Symphony Orchestra will “Let Freedom Sing” at its Independence Day Celebration tonight, July 3, in Collegedale. We suspect at least one of the selections will be a chance to “hear children sing.”

Along with the usual assortment of marches and patriotic tunes performed by the orchestra will be the movie theme song that is sweeping the nation: “Let It Go” from Disney’s “Frozen.”

New music director Dr. Brian Liu will take up the baton at 8 p.m., with guest soloist Jordan Otis, a Collegedale native, leading the crowd in singing “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Other guest performers will be Lou Wamp and Bluetastic Fangrass, who will begin playing at 6:45 p.m., and the Chattanooga Girls Choir.

Other music during the evening will feature selections from “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Back to the Future” and “Star Wars,” along with patriotic music including Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture,” marches by Sousa and “American Salute” by Morton Gould.

In addition to “Frozen,” Otis will perform songs from “The Sound of Music,” “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” from “The Wizard of Oz” and lead the crowd in “America the Beautiful.”

Otis, a Collegedale native, is pursuing her master’s degree in vocal performance at University of Redlands in California.

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