During my time in the Poconos, I got a chance to return to the Mountain Laurel Center for the Performing Arts in Bushkill, the concert center where I had previously heard the New Jersey Symphony and pianist Vladimir Feltsman in an all-Tchaikovsky program. It was a different kind of music this time, as I was treated to a great three-hour concert by Crosby, Stills and Nash, one of the preeminent American bands of the Woodstock era.
Even more different: Returning home, a performance by the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra awaited me at the Mann Music Center.
The Fairmount Park site was only about half-full for this program of music in the traditional style of the Boston Pops and their star-filled music.
Actually, there are two orchestras that perform under the baton of Keith Lockhart: the Boston Pops, comprised of members of the Boston Symphony, and the Boston Esplanade Pops, made up of Boston-based freelance players known especially for their July 4 celebration.
A Patriotic Panache
This night, Lockhart presented a two-part program: "America," highlighted by "Liberty Fanfare" and written by laureate conductor – as well as Oscar winner – John Williams; and a patriotic sing-along of seven American tunes.
Pop/Broadway singer Linda Eder presented a varied selection of music in the second half, accompanied by her own rhythm section and the full Pops. The program concluded joyously with the almost obligatory Sousa march of "Stars & Stripes Forever."
And the summer musical season also ended joyously over Labor Day weekend with the Philadelphia debut performance of Sarit Hadad, at the Trocadero Theater in Center City.
Presented by PhillyIsraelim, a new local group dedicated to "providing meeting places for the Israeli and Hebrew-speaking community in the Delaware Valley," Hadad achieved international fame when she performed the Israeli song "Light the Candle" at the 2002 Eurovision Concert.
Her Web site (www.sarit. co.il) contains samples of her infectious and Middle-Eastern flavored songs.
To learn more, visit: www. phillyisraelim.com.
Cantor David F. Tilman, conductor and music educator, serves as chazzan of Beth Sholom Congregation and synagogue-skills instructor at the Forman Center of the Perelman Jewish Day School.