American Fanfare

Monday, July 04, 2022 - 4:30 PM
Sarasota Opera House
61 N Pineapple Avenue
Sarasota, FL 34236

Celebrate America with choral fireworks, rousing marches and patriotic fervor. Old Glory and Uncle Sam are feted in this annual performance featuring the Lakewood Ranch Wind Ensemble and Choral Artists of Sarasota. Musical fireworks abound in this annual salute to America.

Program Book

Choral Artists of Sarasota

Francis Scott Key: The National Anthem
Amy Marcy Beach: A Song of Liberty
John Rutter: A Ukrainian Prayer
Phyllis Wolfe White: Resolved
Katie O’Connor-Ballantyne: I Lift My Lamp
John Purifoy and John Jacobson: I Once Had a Dream
Bob Moline and Randy Bright: Golden Dream
Zander Moricz, narrator
George M. Cohan: Cohan’s Big Three!
Lee Greenwood: God Bless the USA

Lakewood Ranch Wind Ensemble

Fred Jewell: Quality Plus March
William Schuman: Chester Overture
John Philip Sousa: Fugue on Yankee Doodle
Jerry Bilik: Civil War Fantasy

Lakewood Ranch Wind Ensemble with Choral Artists of Sarasota

Joyce Eilers and Bob Lowden, arrangers: Armed Forces Salute
Carmen Dragon, arranger: America the Beautiful
Irving Berlin: God Bless America

Program length: 90 minutes with intermission

Featured Narrator

zander_headshotZander Moricz is the youngest public plaintiff in the “Don’t Say Gay” lawsuit against Governor DeSantis and the state of Florida, as well as the Founder and Executive Director of the Social Equity and Education (SEE) Initiative. Since 2019, Zander has grown the SEE Initiative into a movement of over 1,000 Floridian organizers, leading the state’s student response to hateful legislation. With a current focus on the “Don’t Say Gay” law, Zander has given analysis on CNN and MSNBC as well as testimony to the Florida Senate. Recently, he went viral for a tweet discussing his graduation speech being censored with over 10 million impressions in 2 days. Orchestrating a statewide protest, SEE sent out 10,000 Say Gay stickers to be worn at gradautions across the state and raised $50,000 in three days to support young organizers. As the President of the Board at Florida Model United Nations, Florida’s largest independent Model UN program, Zander created an aid fund that established dozens of MUN programs in Title I schools and provides them with coaching, curriculum, and financial support. He is also the Central-Eastern Director of Communications for Diversify Our Narrative—a national organization with over 6,000 organizers. At his school, Zander serves as both the first class president to ever be elected all four years and as the first openly-gay class president.

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Price of event: $5 - $50