In 1981, Mstistlav Rostropovich launched an Independence Day concert in Washington, D.C.
Amazing no-one had thought of it before, but there you go. Slava opened with the National Symphony Orchestra and jazz singer, Pearl Bailey.
This year, the lineup was founded on the products of television talent shows – American Idol contenders Candice Glover and Scotty McCreery, along with America’s Got Talent prodigy, Jackie Evancho.
Sic transit harmonia mundi.