Anthracite Philharmonic to present patriotic songs
The Anthracite Philharmonic is set to celebrate American independence with a salute to the armed forces in both the traditional and musical sense this weekend. The ensemble will be performing “Patriotic Favorites and Music from the Movies” at 6 p.m. Sunday at Yuengling Mansion Garden, 1440 Mahantongo St., Pottsville. The event will be held rain or shine. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors and students. Tickets will be available at the gate, according to Linda Kriner, orchestra manager and president of the philharmonic board. “This is old-fashioned Fourth of July. We try to do what they do in the larger cities on a smaller scale. We have music, we have hot dogs, and beer, and ice cream and bring your own lunch if you choose to … It’s the way I see the Fourth of July without the fireworks,” she said. “Most people are not going to drive to Philly or New York or Boston. This is the smaller scale of what they do there. It’s music, and it’s outdoors, and it’s patriotic and it’s fun.” Kriner noted that “unless there’s thunder and lightning, we’ll be outside.” Under the direction of Mark P. Thomas, the 40-member orchestra — which includes players from the youth symphony as well as several past and present area school teachers — will be playing nationalistic selections such as “The Star-Spangled Banner;” “God Bless America,” “Battle Hymn of the Republic” and “Stars and Stripes Forever,” as well as music from movies such as “Wonder Woman,” “Man of Steel,” The Magnificent Seven,” “Apollo 13” and “Forrest Gump.” Music from the “Band of Brothers” TV series is also part of the set list. Many people “don’t realize a lot of it is classical music; you don’t think about it,” Kriner said of some musical compositions from movies. In addition to the cost of tickets for the concert, food and refreshments will be for sale, Kriner said. Ted’s famous hot dogs are a particularly big seller, she said, and Yuengling beer and ice cream will be on tap; water will also be available. Entrants are welcome to bring their own picnic basket and are encouraged to bring their own seating. Up next for the Anthracite Philharmonic is the Halloween-season Spooky Strings IV concert, set for the end of October at the Majestic Theater, 209 N. Centre St., Pottsville.
"This is old-fashioned Fourth of july. We try to do what they do in the larger cities on a smaller scale. We have music, we have hot dogs, and beer, and ice cream and bring your own lunch if you choose to ... It's the way I see the Fourth of July without the fireworks. Most people are not going to drive to philly or New York or Boston. This is the smaller scale of what they do there. It's music, and it's outdoors, and it's patriotic and it's fun." Linda Kriner, manager and board president, Anthracite Philarmonic
Kathy Miller, seated right, and Andrew Chawluk, seated left, play cello along with David Reese, back left, and Mary Snow, back right, on upright bass during rehearsal Monday with the Anthracite Philharmonic at the Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church, Schuylkill Haven. The orchestra will present an outdoor concert at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Yuengling Mansion Garden, Pottsville.