Two Movements from Dan Locklair’s Symphony No. 2 “America,” Featured on Thursday, April 18 Broadcast of American Public Media’s ‘Performance Today’

Independence Day and Memorial Day, the first two movements of Dan Locklair’s Symphony No. 2 “America,” will be featured on the second hour of the Thursday, April 18 broadcast of American Public Media’s Performance Today, hosted by Fred Child.

The broadcast performance is taken from the World Premiere of Locklair’s Symphony No. 2 “America,” presented by Maestro John Gordon Ross and the Western Piedmont Symphony on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, North Carolina. Program information at

The show is broadcast on over 280 public radio stations across the country, including Wake Forest University’s WFDD weekdays at 8 PM and Davidson College’s WDAV at 7 PM, EST. Check your local station for other broadcast times.

The composer writes, ” My Symphony No. 2 “America” unabashedly celebrates America: “The Land of the Free”. Begun in May of 2015, this three-movement composition was completed in July of 2016 and is scored for a large triple-wind symphony orchestra. Approximately 22 minutes in length, each movement is a reflection upon a holiday that is at the heart of America: 1. Independence Day; 2. Memorial Day; 3. Thanksgiving Day. A single, well-known melody associated with the essence of each of these American holidays is heard in each movement.” The score is published by Subito Music.

The piece will be released by Naxos as part of an all-Locklair CD in August 2019.