The Hartford Symphony Orchestra's summer home is a bandshell in a Simsbury meadow. On Friday night, several thousand fortunate concertgoers ignored 97 degree heat to hear the HSO perform a variety of American works, from Copland and Ives, to Bernstein, to Rogers & Hammerstein and Sousa. The concert ended with a rousing performance of Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture.
OK. Tchaikovsky isn't American and the music isn't about America. Those are little details we prefer to overlook as the 4th of July approaches.