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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

[Washington National Cathedral][decorative stamp]
Washington National Cathedral

[1938 Ernest M. Skinner & Son; 1975 Aeolian-Skinner organ, Opus 510, at National Cathedral, Washington DC][decorative stamp]
1938 Ernest M. Skinner & Son; 1975 Aeolian–Skinner organ, Opus 510 at National Cathedral, Washington DC

An Independence Day Celebration

…performances from the annual Fourth of July concerts held at Washington National Cathedral in our nation’s capital.

Audio 1 hr 58 Min

Audio 59:00 Min

Audio 59:00 Min

Program Broadcast dates:

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Music played in the program

Hour 1

AARON COPLANDFanfare for the Common Man (2011)

JOHN PHILIP SOUSAWashington Post March (2011)

J. S. BACHToccata & Fugue in d, BWV 565 (2011)

CHARLES IVESVariations on America (2011)

GEORGE GERSHWINRhapsody in Blue (2012)

PETER J. WILHOUSKY (arr.):  The Battle Hymn of the Republic (2013)

Hour 2

EDWIN H. LEMAREWhen Johnny comes marching home*

SCOTT JOPLINThe Entertainer Rag (2013)

SAMUEL A. WARD (arr. Dragon):  America the Beautiful (2013)

MARK HAYES (arr.):  Amazing Grace (2013)

CHARLES CALLAHANPatriotic Rhapsody for Organ Duet (2013)

NORMAN COKE-JEPHCOTTFantasy on America (2012)

PYOTR TCHAIKOVSKYFestival Overture, Op. 49 (The Year 1812) (2011)


Performers include organists Scott Dettra, Jeremy Filsell (also pianist), Christopher Betts and Benjamin Straley, the Washington Symphonic Brass, the U.S. Navy Sea Chanters, and conductor Michael McCarthy recorded on-location by Mark Huffman in recent years. The Cathedral’s audio/video archive includes the complete concerts from 2011, 2012, and 2013  from which today’s broadcast music was derived.

You can live-stream this year’s concert on July 4th at 11 a.m. EDT, too, or find in the archive afterwards here!

The Lemare selection originated in a Cathedral concert by Peter Conte (JAV 147*, nla).  Other CDs featuring the Washington National Cathedral Organ have been made by Scott Dettra (Loft 1114), Douglas Major (Gothic 18828 & 49059) and Eric Wm. Suter (Pro Organo 7129; and WMS 501 & 701, nla), also with the Washington Symphonic Brass (DCD 305).


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