Picnic Pops

Picnic Pops opens with ‘Classical Fireworks’ best-of edition

July 12, 2012 // 0 Comments

The 18th annual D&W Fresh Market Picnic Pops promises to provide some of the best summer entertainment in West Michigan, served family style in a relaxed, natural setting. The series opens with perennial audience favorite “Classical Fireworks.” Two performances, led by Music Director David Lockington, will be presented at 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, July 12-13 at Cannonsburg Ski Area. “Classical Fireworks” traditionally features dramatic, instantly recognizable musical works with a fireworks grand finale. This summer’s program is no different; however, the line-up reflects the best of “Classical Fireworks” programs from the concert series’ nearly two-decade history, including those works that have garnered some of the greatest audience response. “Every year we pick our favorite orchestral pieces that first got us excited about orchestral music,” said Lockington. “They happen to still have broad appeal and we particularly want young people to grow up loving them as well.” Audiences will hear Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man,” Rossini’s Overture to “William Tell,” Dukas’ “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” the finale from Dvorak’s New World Symphony, Mozart’s Overture to “Marriage of Figaro” and selections from John Williams’ “Star Wars.” In a special appearance, 14-year-old violinist Adé Williams will grace the stage with her interpretation of Vivaldi’s “Summer” from “The Four Seasons.” Williams is the first-place laureate of the Junior Division of the 2012 Sphinx Competition. The Detroit-based Sphinx organization is a national nonprofit organization committed to building diversity in classical music through year-round programming in arts education, awareness and presentation. “Classical Fireworks” has become known for its finale that features Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” and a spectacular fireworks display. Trident Pyrotechnic Display has worked with the Symphony since 1983, and they plan to intensify the performance this year. Trident will launch a total of 3,718 aerial fireworks within a five- to six-minute period. Trident President Jack Stutting attributes his inspiration to Disney fireworks where several fireworks are launched together. “In our line of business we have a saying: ‘The last impression is the best impression, the last seen is the last remembered,’” said Stutting. “I am doing something a bit different in the finale this year. It is going to be very dramatic.” The grounds open each night at 5:30 p.m. for picnicking, pre-concert entertainment and free children’s activities. The […]