Song Cycle: Patriotic Songs
by Kathleen Sykes
It’s that time of year again: Fireworks; parades; and red, white, and blue everywhere! Normally, we would be celebrating with you at the Deer Valley® Music Festival with our Patriotic Celebration, but this year is different. While we can’t perform Stars and Stripes Forever, America the Beautiful, or our military hymns in honor of the men and women in our armed forces, we can be with you in spirit with this playlist.
Recent events have also caused us to reflect on the diversity of experiences in the United States—a line from the musical Hamilton comes to mind, “America, you great unfinished symphony.” We want to bring you a variety of music by diverse composers reflecting on and celebrating the past, present, and future of this country. This is a playlist of more than just patriotic tunes. It’s a tribute to the great mosaic that is American music, and you’re sure to find a new favorite composer and patriotic song.