Stars and Stripes Spectacular

  • Thursday, July 4, 2013 at 7:30 PM
    Eastern Promenade, Portland

Join your PSO for Maine’s largest annual Independence Day celebration! This year’s Stars and Stripes Spectacular features a performance by iconic musician Don McLean, plus a brilliant fireworks display, beautiful bay views, food vendors, and — of course — a stirring patriotic performance by the Portland Symphony Orchestra!

This event is free and open to the public.

VIP tickets, with reserved parking, transportation to the Eastern Prom, and reserved table seating near the concert stage, are available here.

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Robert Moody Robert Moody, conductor
Norman Huynh Norman Huynh, assistant conductor
 DonMcLeanWestport2009 Don McLean, vocalist/songwriter
Patriotic Pops Chorus - Richard G. Nickerson, director (also known as Magic of Christmas Chorus)

The Stars and Stripes Spectacular is Maine’s largest annual Independence Day celebration … and this year promises to be the best yet!

Your Portland Symphony, led by Music Director Robert Moody, will play a program of patriotic marches in tandem with a fabulous fireworks show. Before the fireworks begin, the PSO will be performing with iconic American musician Don McLean, whose song “American Pie” topped the charts in 1972 and has been named one of the greatest songs of the 20th century. Over 50,000 people are expected to attend this outdoor event, held on Portland’s Eastern Prom. The free concert begins at 7:30, but many people gather earlier in the day to picnic, play on the lawn, visit the vendors or just enjoy the beauty of a perfect Maine summer day. For more details visit
Rain date: July 5.


KEY Star Spangled Banner
WILLIAMS Music from The Patriot
WILLIAMS Superman March
CUSTER Medley from Star Trek
McLEAN Vincent (Starry Starry Night)
RAVEL "l'jardin feerique" from Mother Goose Suite
underscoring the Gettysburg Address delivered by Steve Wood
WILLIAMS America, the Dream Goes On
McLEAN American Pie
LOWDEN Armed Forces Salute
TCHAIKOVSKI Overture to 1812
SOUSA Washington Post March
ALFORD Colonel Bogey March
SOUSA Liberty Bell March
arr. STENBERG Bowdoin Song Medley
Traditional Maine Stein Song
arr. DRAGON America, the Beautiful
BERLIN/ADES God Bless America
SOUSA Stars and Stripes Forever