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Red, White, and BOOM at Riverbend Music Center

A summer tradition returns to Riverbend Music Center on the Fourth of July when the Cincinnati Pops presents “Red, White, and BOOM,” a concert celebrating American independence and musical traditions. John Morris Russell leads the family-friendly Pops performance, featuring guest artists Six-String Soldiers US Army Field Band, Cincinnati Pops Chorale, and Broadway star and Tony Award nominee Montego Glover —all this along with Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks after the concert. The Pops series is presented by PNC and kids 17 and under are free on the lawn courtesy of Toyota. 

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“A program like Red, White, and BOOM has all the elements of a complete Music Hall season, including quintessentially American music that everyone loves: jazz, bluegrass, rock and R&B, Broadway and Hollywood — as well as patriotic favorites,” says Cincinnati Pops Conductor John Morris Russell. 

Also at Red, White, and BOOM, the Pops will perform selections from their new recording Voyage, schedule for release on July 5. These works include the theme from Galaxy Quest by composer David Newman and First Man by composer Justin Hurwitz. This upcoming recording celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing in 1969 and the historic “giant leap for mankind.” 

“NASA’s decade-long mission to land humans on the Moon in the 1960s defines the American spirit,” says Russell. “The science, engineering, teamwork, determination and sheer guts that got Neil Armstrong and Edwin ‘Buzz’ Aldrin to the surface of the Moon and back in July of 1969 represents the pinnacle of American exceptionalism.” 

Enjoy exceptional American music — live at Riverbend Music Center — when the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra and John Morris Russell present Red, White, and BOOM on Thursday, July 4, 2019 starting at 8 pm.