We went to the Rappahannock Pops Orchestra’s traditional Memorial Day concert on Monday evening, a great way to end the holiday weekend. They played the usual mix of light classical pieces and popular medleys, with heavy emphasis on all the patriotic faves: the Washington Post March, the Battle Hymn of the Republic (with the Voices of the Pops), the Armed Forces Salute (it’s always moving to see the military personnel and vets stand as the anthem of their branch of the armed forces is played), and ending, as always, with the Stars and Stripes Forever.
I have to say, though, it was the strangest venue: the Ambulatory Services Center at Mary Washington Hospital. The crowd set up on the road and parking lot in front of the building. Ah, nothing like an outdoor concert on asphalt. And the lovely landscaping in front of the building did a great job of screening the musicians from the audience. We sat on the far side of the orchestra, where at least we could see, even if the sound wasn’t optimal. Now I understand that MediCorp sponsored the concert, and I’m sure the Pops aren't about to look a gift horse in the mouth, especially one willing to cover costs and provide a spacious area to perform in. But really, aren’t there any open grassy areas they could have used? It’s not like the Fredericksburg area is short on parks or even open fields. Of course, I’d go to a Pops free concert no matter where it was, but hopefully next year, I’ll be able to feel a little grass between my toes.