1996 Atlanta Opening Ceremony Music List

Musical Compositions for the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games Opening Ceremony

CALL TO ALL NATIONS
‘Countdown/Samaranch’, composed by Mark Watters
‘Call to All Nations’, composed by Mickey Hart, Philip Glass, Zakir Hussain, Giovanni Hidalgo. Can be found on Mickey Hart’s ‘Best of’ album – Over the Edge and Back
‘Summon the Heroes’, composed by John Williams performed by Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

WELCOME TO THE WORLD
‘Ruffles and Flourishes and Hail to the Chief’, performed by the US Army Herald Trumpets
‘The Star-Spangled Banner’, Conducted by Robert Shaw performed by Centennial Choir, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
‘Strike Up The Band’, composed by George Gershwin, performed by Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
‘Welcome to the World’, written by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, conducted by Harold Wheeler and performed by Centennial Choir, Southwest Dekalb High School

SUMMERTIME: THE BEAUTY OF THE SOUTH
‘Georgia On My Mind’, written by Hoagy Carmichael, performed by Gladys Knight
‘Summertime : A celebration of the South of America’, composed by Stephen James Taylor and Mark Watters, performed by Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

TRADITION OF THE GAMES
‘The Tradition of the Games’, composed by Basil Poledouris and performed by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & The Robert Shaw Chorale
‘Athens to Atlanta: The Run Through Time’, composed by Mark Watters

OFFICIAL CEREMONY
‘Dignitaries Walk-On’, composed by Mark Watters
‘Simple Gifts’, composed by Aaron Copland
‘Hymne Olympique’, composed by Spiros Samara
‘Past Olympians’, composed by Harold Wheeler
‘Symphony No. 9 – Ode to Joy’. composed by Ludwig van Beethoven

‘Power of the Dream’, Composed by David Foster and Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds. Lyrics by Linda Thompson. Performed by Celine Dion.
‘Faster, Higher, Stronger’, Composed and conducted by Mark Watters, Lorraine Feathers, performed by Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Jessiye Norman

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3 Responses to “1996 Atlanta Opening Ceremony Music List”

  1. I wonder the lyric of this song ”welcome to the world” by terry lewis and jimmy jam
    Please, thanks!!!

  2. Any idea what the music used during the Parade of Nations is? I’ve been watching the vids on Youtube and have identified a few: Bugler’s Dream (Leo Arnaud) , Santorini (Yanni), Chariots of Fire (Vangelis), Standing in Motion (Yanni), Chronologie Part 4 (Jean Michel Jarre), Olympic Fanfare and Theme (John Williams), but there’s a bunch of songs I haven’t been able to identify. Anyone have a full, in-order list?

  3. I am looking for the music of “Welcome to the World” -If anyone knows where I can find it (not youtube) please let me know. There has got to be an archive somewhere…

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