Excerpts from the Broadway musical “1776” will be included in La Cañada Presbyterian Church’s annual “Americana” concert, to be presented Saturday, July 2 at 7:30 p.m.
Tyler Wright will portray John Adams and Rebecca Sjowall will play the role of Abigail Adams as LCPC’s Chancel Choir and Orchestra presents scenes from a show that won a Tony Award for best musical in 1969.
Set in Philadelphia, it dramatizes the framing of the Declaration of Independence and the battle in the Continental Congress between those who opposed the break from England and those who ardently believed that independence was the wisest course for America.
But that will represent just part of a comprehensive “Americana” concert, which will be offered at no charge. The program will also include a salute to those who have died in the defense of the country.
“As part of this recognition, the choir and orchestra will combine to present ‘Mansions of the Lord’ and ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone,’” said Jack Lantz, a former Army captain who will conduct the choir and orchestra. “And everyone will join in singing the always popular ‘Armed Forces Medley.’”
In that latter piece, current and former members of each branch of service will be invited to stand when their service song is played, so that members of the audience may express their appreciation of them.
As has become custom, the multimedia presentation will feature inspirational videos, photos from American history and picturesque images from across the country. The concert will include a full range of patriotic music, from John Philip Sousa to George M. Cohan to John Williams.
La Canada Presbyterian Church is located at 626 Foothill Blvd.
For further information, visit lacanadapc.org or call (818) 790-6708.