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Prof. James Beckel's Liberty for All Featured at Independence Day Concerts Across USA

July 3, 2004

July 3, 2004, Greencastle, Ind. - Liberty for All, a composition by James A. Beckel Jr., adjunct professor of trombone and euphonium in the DePauw University School of Music, will be featured in several Fourth of July musical celebrations across America this weekend. The piece will be performed at tonight's annual Patriotic Pops Concert by the Gainesville, Florida Symphony Orchestra (read more here). The Grammy-nominated Nashville, Tennessee Symphony is also featuring the composition this weekend (read more here).

The Fort Worth, Texas Symphony performed Liberty for All in concert last night. Reviewer Punch Shaw writes, "The 12-minute, Coplandesque piece featured readings from great documents and speeches of America's history by Rising Star Baptist Church pastor Ralph Waldo Emerson. Both narrator and orchestra were in fine form in this stirring work, July which received one of the biggest ovations of the evening from the crowd of 2,610" (read more here).

"One particular piece that is going to be a special work is Beckel's Liberty for All,” Gregory Pritchard, guest conductor of the Gainesville Symphony, tells a Florida newspaper. The story adds, "Composed in 2000 as part of the Continental Harmony Project, James A Beckel Jr.'s patriotic work for symphony orchestra and narrator incorporates parts of Patrick Henry's preamble to the Constitution, George Washington's speech at Valley Forge, John F. Kennedy's inaugural address, and quotes from several other past presidents and patriots." Read the complete story here.

Professor Beckel has been principal trombonist with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra since 1969. Read more about him by clicking here.

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