Scottsdale Symphony Orchestra: The outfit offers its 23rd annual patriotic salute at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 2, at Scottsdale Stadium, 7408 East Osborn. The program includes Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture; the overture to Handel's Music for the Royal Fireworks; "Broadway Ballyhoo and Cohan, Too," and "The American Scene--We Love You America," both arranged by Al Davis; Hoagy Carmichael's "Stardust"; Berlin's "God Bless America"; "Our Director's March"; "Colonel Bogey's March"; and Sousa's "Thunderer"; as well as "Liberty," by Valley composer Fritz Teetsel. Admission is free; blankets are encouraged. For details call 480-945-8071 or 480-994-2787.
Southwest Brass Concert: The Southwest Brass Society presents this sixth annual Independence Day quintet featuring Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture; Sousa marches; and Dixieland tunes, as well as selections from West Side Story, at 8 p.m. Friday, July 2, at Valley Presbyterian Church, 6947 East McDonald in Paradise Valley. Tickets are $12, $10 for seniors, $8 for children 12 and under. Call 602-997-9981 for more information.
Mesa Symphony Orchestra: Copland's Old American Songs, Suite #1; Sousa's "Stars and Stripes Forever"; "You're a Grand Old Flag"; and "Cruzette's Fiddle" from the Journals of Lewis and Clark are among selections on the program of this gratis "Star Spangled Symphony" concert, which begins at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 3, at Mesa Amphitheatre, Center and University. The show, part of the "Free Family Pops" series, also features singer/songwriter Doug Durant as a special guest. For details call 480-897-2121 (Mesa Symphony) or 480-644-2560 (Mesa Community Center).
--M. V. Moorhead