A Sonic Story: Putting Together the Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks Show

July 2, 2014 8:29 PM

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A Sonic Story: Putting Together the Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks Show

Friday night, my voice will be part of the chorus as the 38th Annual Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks erupt over New York City's East River and Brooklyn Bridge. The 25-minute show, which celebrates the 200th Anniversary of "The Star Spangled Banner," is dazzling and moving, but it doesn't just explode into the warm summer air. Many parts come together to create this spectacular evening.

As snow fell and temperatures hovered above zero, I joined about 20 singers -- volunteer members of Judith Clurman's NYC-based chorus, Essential Voices USA, as well as a few professionals -- to rehearse arrangements of "God Bless America," "The Star Spangled Banner," "America the Beautiful," and "Yo...

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