The Washington Post critics choose their favorite shows of the week.
Thisyear for the first time, there will be two orchestras focusing their Fourth of July programs on the fireworks on the Mall. The National Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Mstislav Rostropovich, will present the world premiere of Henry Mancini's "Salute to the Services." Guest artists will be Sarah Vaughan and pianist Andre'-Michel Schub. On the grounds of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Anacostia (which offers a superb panoramic view of the Mall and the Washington Monument), a more modest orchestra, sponsored by the Arts Connection and conducted by A. Paul Gatling, will perform a program including music of Johann Strauss, Scott Joplin and John Philip Sousa. Those who want to hear "The Stars and Stripes Forever" twice on July 4 can dash from the NSO program (where it will be played at the beginning) to the Anacostia program (where it will be played at the end). The Franz Liszt Centennial Celebration will have its grand finale this afternoon at the Kennedy Center with three star pianists, Jerome Rose, Jorge Bolet and Russell Sherman, highlighting a program that will also sample Liszt's vocal and violin music.
There are two noteworthy programs this week that involve brass instruments. "Musical Fireworks," Tuesday night at the National Cathedral, will feature organist William Neil and trumpeter Edward Carroll in a program that includes Handel's "Royal Fireworks" music. "Brass Roots," Wednesday night in the Baird Auditorium, will feature both the Annapolis and the Netherlands Brass Quintets.