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Musical fireworks for the Fourth

Jim Svejda
Classical KUSC host Jim Svejda

Classical KUSC radio is celebrating Independence Day weekend with two special programs.

On July 4 starting at 7 p.m., it’s The Evening Program With Jim Svejda, the host’s traditional All-American Fourth of July program featuring an hour of American film music, the first symphony by a female American composer (and only the second American symphony ever published), musical settings of words by Thomas Jefferson and one of the finest American musicals (which also happens to be Svejda’s pick for greatest comedy album ever made), Stan Freberg Presents the United States of America, Volume 1: The Early Years.

On July 6 at 10 p.m., Modern Times With Alan Chapman celebrates the holiday with a show full of modern American music. Chapman will play recordings from some of the country’s most beloved composers such as George Gershwin and Charles Ives. Also on the playlist is Joan Tower’s “Made in America,” John Adams’ “Dharma at Big Sur” and Roy Harris’ Symphony No. 9, which celebrates the founding of the United States.

Classical KUSC, a listener-supported, nonprofit public station, has been on the air more than 60 years as a broadcast service of USC. Classical KUSC is located in downtown Los Angeles and broadcasts handpicked classical performances, expert music commentary and coverage of the arts in Southern California.

The station is live-streamed around the globe at kusc.org. On the radio dial, it is found at 91.5 FM in Los Angeles and Santa Clarita, KPSC 88.5 in Palm Springs, KDSC 91.1 in Thousand Oaks, KQSC 88.7 in Santa Barbara and KESC 99.7 in Morro Bay/San Luis Obispo.

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