Pack your Picnic For Charlotte Symphony Summer Pops !

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Band Shell is located on the corner of Morrison & Barclay Downs

You know its almost summer when the Charlotte Symphony announces its Summer Pops Concert series for the month of June, ending with the patriotic Celebrate America concert complete with an amazing Ballantyne,Lynn Johnson,July 4th,homes for salefireworks show! (Bring your sparklers!) Held in South Charlotte at Symphony Park located in SouthPark Mall, this Charlotte tradition has been around for 29 years and is reminiscent of my many years in the 80s and 90s going to Piedmont Park in Atlanta to listen to the Atlanta Symphony, musicals such as Porgy and Bess and wonderful jazz music by various performers. The best part was that it was all freebut that was a long time ago. But, for 10 bucks for adults and children under 18 are free its still a great bargain! (or you can purchase a pass for $35 for the whole series online.)

There is a prelude which usually starts at 7pm(special performances by local musicians) and the main concert begins at 8ishThere will be five performances ranging from classical music to Hollywood movie soundtracks to some of your favorite Broadway tunes. Summer Pops begins Sunday, June 10th!

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So, for you first-timers, here is the real scoop on what to do because this event will be packed with people! First of all, you must get there early to stake out your spot. People used to lay their blankets or tarps down the night before but now youhave to wait until the gates open at 5PM. There will be food and beverage vendors but most folks bring their wine, cheese and bucket of fried chicken (hey, we are in the South!). Rolling coolers, beach chairs (low chairs, please, so the folks behind you can see) and the usual accoutrement from candles to the fancy picnic basket you picked up at Crate and Barrel. If you want to really hear the music, get fairly close because this is a huge outdoor cocktail party and people do talk during the performance. Pets are not allowed for safety purposes and smoking is only allowed outside the fenced area.


Pops in the Park Schedule:


SYMPHONY PARK SERENADE Sun Jun 10 Albert-George Schram, conducting

WAGNER Prelude to Die Meistersinger
DE FALLA Three Cornered Hat Suite No. 2
OFFENBACH La Vie Parisienne
SIBELIUS Finlandia
ALFORD Colonel Bogey March
SHOSTAKOVICH/arr. Brubaker Tahiti Trot (Tea for Two)
SHOSTAKOVICH Galop from Moscow Cheremushki
MANCINI Songs of Italy
WENDEL Fiesta Mexicana
BERLIN/HEALEY Tribute to Irving Berlin/God Bless America
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SYMPHONIC PASSION Sun Jun 17 Jacomo Rafael Bairos, conducting

BEETHOVEN Fidelio Overture
COPLAND Outdoor Overture
LECUONA/arr. DAngelo Malaguena
DE FALLA Ritual Fire Dance
PROKOFIEV Selections from Romeo & Juliet Suite 1 & 2
WILLIAMS Selections from Star Wars
WILLIAMS Raiders March from Raiders of the Lost Ark
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VIVE LA FRANCE Sun Jun 24 Albert-George Schram, conducting

BIZET Farandole
SAINT-SAENS Danse Macabre
OFFENBACH Orpheus in the Underworld
BERLIOZ March to the Scaffold from Symphonie Fantastique
GOUNOD Ballet Music from Faust
SAINT-SAENS Tarantelle, Op. 6
RAVEL Bolero
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BERNSTEIN Overture to Candide
GERSHWIN Cuban Overture
RODGERS The Carousel Waltz
GERSHWIN/arr. Bennett Selections from Porgy and Bess
BERNSTEIN/arr. Peress Overture to West Side Story
RODGERS/arr. Bennet Selections from The Sound of Music
GERSHWIN An American in Paris
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CELEBRATE AMERICA!Tues Jul 3 Albert-George Schram, conducting

WILLIAMS Liberty Fanfare
SMITH/arr.William Star Spangled Banner
SOUSA Hail to the Spirit of Liberty
Traditional Armed Forces Salute
HEALEY Saints!!!
GARDEL/arr. Williams Tango (Por Una Cabeza) Calin Lupanu, violin
JONES/arr. Clinton Soul Bossa Nova from Shagadelic Suite
TYZIK Hot Soul Medley
SOUSA Liberty Bell March
arr. Hayman Sing Out America
TCHAIKOVSKY 1812 Overture
SOUSA Stars and Stripes Forever


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