Raise the flag, strike up the orchestra

Nathan Vanderhoof, left, and Randall Smith of the Lexington Fire Department attach a giant flag to the front of Old Morrison hall at Transylvania University on Wednesday afternoon in preparation for the annual patriotic concert Friday evening.

The performance by the Lexington Philharmonic and the Lexington Singers is one of my favorite community events of the year. Come early with a picnic supper, a blanket and folding chairs and visit with your neighbors before the music begins. After dark, everyone will wave little flags and sparklers as the orchestra finishes by playing John Philip Sousa’s The Stars and Stripes Forever.

This year’s concert will have an extra twist: It’s the first performance for the Philharmonic’s new music director, Scott Terrell, who is succeeding local legend George Zack. Read Rich Copley’s article about Terrell here.

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