July in Review

Today I will talk about my highlights of July 2018.

Symphonies: Celebrate America Pops Symphony

Every year in Charlotte, there is an outdoor symphony series called the summer Pops. One of them is for Fourth of July, which is usually celebrated before Fourth of July. That one uses songs such as God Bless America, National Anthem, America the Beautiful and a section that honors our veterans and this symphony had a overture from the musical, Guys and Dolls.


Trips: Lake Hartwell, Georgia

So I went to a long weekend trip to Lake Hartwell. I went there to be with members of my extended family: this sounds crazy, I was with third cousins during that weekend. I spent time on the lake for only two days. I helped bake a blueberry pie.


Musicals: Newsies (BIG SURPRISE)

Well, I wanted to see CPCC’s production of Newsies to see how they could handle the dancing. The week came and all week, my family never seemed to tell me that I was going to see Newsies or anything. So I naturally assumed that it wasn’t going to happen.

Than this happens: Saturday: one of my best friends from college shows up at my house without her telling me. I did not know why on earth she would suddenly show up. She asked me if she where we were going: I said “no” and she was glad. I really had no idea what surprise she had up her sleeve. She drove the two of us downtown, and then we were near CPCC. We drove in the theatre parking deck: I was telling her only those seeing Newsies can park: she just told me “she just wants to see the theatre”. That made no sense to me one bit. Okay, now the two of us were waiting in the will call line and she was saying “I just want to see the theatre” and I was like “just talk to an usher”. It turns out in the end she bought the two of us tickets to see Newsies in June. So there you have it: when I totally thought I wasn’t going to their production: I ended up seeing it.

Below is a link to the Newsies review



This was basically an overview of my July 2018.


Pops Symphony: Round Four

Yesterday was the final Pops Symphony of this season and the theme was Celebrate America. Well, my mom, dad, and I arrived at four to get in line to get ready to put the tarp down at five. At five, the tarp dash began to get a spot that our family wants. But, the symphony wasn’t 100% promising that it would happen. The weather map was showing scattered thunderstorms in Charlotte around the same time as the symphony so there was no way of knowing if the symphony would be cancelled or not. After putting the tarp down, my family went down to get restituted and they discussed whether or not we should bale on the symphony or not due to the Thunderstorm. While deciding, it was really raining and thundering and there was lightening so things did not look good for the Pops Symphony.

But my family went anyways because we paid good money for this symphony. It wasn’t just a symphony. It was a symphony and fireworks. They would make the final call at 8:15 when the symphony began and they play rain or shine. My family went for it because the radar at one point showed that there was a window of no rain, which took up the duration of the symphony.


Literally before the symphony began, a rainbow showed and that was a good sign that rain would not get in the way of this symphony.

All the songs they played represented America in some shape or form. The second song they did was America’s National Anthem, “The Star Spangled Banner”. After the National Anthem, one of my favorite parts of the symphony occurred, which was the solider’s solute. The Symphony honors soldiers currently serving and veterans in this numbers. Whenever they hear their division’s hymn or march play, they stand up and it is such a wonderful play to play tribute to them and at the end all of them are asked to stand. After the solider’s solute, they played “America the Beautiful”, and we were asked to sing along.


They played some Disney Magic as part of the concert. They played some songs that helped make New York famous and based on the melodies, I could easily pick up on the fact that those songs were musical songs.  They played some Irving Berlin as well  and I recognized some Annie Get Your Gun songs from that collection of songs. At the end of his songs, they played “God Bless America”. Everything about this symphony reminds me about why I love my country.

At the end of the symphony, we got to enjoy some fireworks. Fireworks are a wonderful way to celebrate especially at the end of a symphony that celebrates America. The fireworks were fun to watch. Good thing the rain did not interrupt the symphony or the fireworks, even though they might have shortened the fireworks since more rain was expected at about 10:30.


Below are links to my other Pops Symphony posts:




Connection Between Duke Chapel and Broadway Pops Symphony

On Sunday, I had quite a busy day. First, I went to a beautiful church service at Duke Chapel and later went to a Broadway themed outdoor symphony. But what exactly is the connection between the two?

The Duke Chapel service directly reminded me of the Bristol Pilgrimage. We started this pilgrimage Friday July 31st, 2015 and our first stop was Windsor Castle. Well, the service reminded me mostly of the church services at Bristol Cathedral. But what does the Bristol services have anything to do with a Broadway themed symphony? Well that trip did not just consist of a pilgrimage. Pictures below come from the Bristol Pilgrimage.

My family went up two days early to spend more time in London. On July 30th, my mom gave me one of the most memorable parts of my life. She took me to see Les Mis in London. Our seats were nine rows back from the stage. I was in the West End and I had an understudy play Jean Valjean (Adam Bayjou) and he was the best Valjean I had ever seen. The entire cast blew me away and I tend to look at the entire cast and not just the leads.

So Duke Chapel connected to Bristol Pilgrimage and Broadway-themed symphony in a way connected to my experience seeing Les Mis in London. Les Mis ended up being one of the musicals during the Broadway Symphony

What are some of the best experiences with musicals you have had?

Pops Symphony: Round Two

Last Sunday, I went to a Jazz Themed Symphony in the Park. This time, the theme was Star Wars. I actually am a newer Star Wars fan. I may be only 23, but I didn’t start watching the movies until 2015. I am not a big fan of action movies, but I love Star Wars. I love the Galaxy it takes place in with the crazy creatures, the droids, and love the Jedis. The action sequences are fun to watch with the lightsabers and when things blow up, it is funner to watch then than things blow up in a superhero movie. They actually played songs from The Phantom Menace all the way to The Force Awakens.

This Pops Symphony was fun. In my family’s group, it consisted of so many people. Friends of our friends came and there were about fifteen or eighteen people. One of the songs that was played was the Theme Song and the night ended with the ending credits of all the movies.

Next week’s theme will be Broadway and as a musical fanatic, I am quite looking forward to that week.

Are you are a Star Wars Fan? If So, why do you like the movies?

Below is a link to my post from last week’s Pops Symphony


Pops Symphony

Just last night, I attended an outdoor symphony performed by the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. The theme that was played tonight was Jazz. This outdoor symphony has been a family tradition for several years.

About at 5, I helped my dad lay out the tarp to reserve our space later. For the symphony, we basically are having dinner picnic style. Everyone we invited brought something and we tend to share food. On top of the tarp, we always lay down a blanket to sit on and we also bring chairs as well.

Part of the night was spent dancing whenever the composer asked us to. I do not remember all the times of the different pieces. But one was chattanooga choo choo. Another, which relates to this blog, was a series of pieces from the musical, Chicago. The Chicago pieces mainly focused on the song “All That Jazz”.

This symphony always bring a big group of people. In total, my family and friends ended up being eight people. Other nights that are to come in this symphony are Star Wars, Broadway, and Fourth of July.