Akron Symphony Orchestra Kicks off Summer Parks Concert Series

Akron Symphony Orchestra Kicks off Summer Parks Concert Series

Photo courtesy of Akron Symphony Orchestra/Dale Dong Photography

Spend a summer evening with the Akron Symphony Orchestra and the City of Akron at a free concert during the annual Summer Parks Concert Series.

Concerts take place at 7:30 p.m. on the following dates:

•   July 28 at Forest Lodge Park

•   August 4 at Goodyear Metro Park

•   August 11 at Firestone Park

The concerts will feature lively audience favorites, including music from Beethoven, Dvořák and John Williams; famous orchestral dances with music from Riverdance, Brahms’ Hungarian Dance No. 5, and the irresistible Can-can from Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld; and traditional spirituals with tenor Brandon Bell. Concertgoers will also be treated to the world premiere of an orchestral version of Sousa’s Nobles of the Mystic Shrine arranged by David Kempers, who adapted the piece from Sousa’s original work for band.

“These Akron Symphony programs are part of a long American tradition of popular orchestral concerts performed outdoors in the summertime for families,” said Music Director Christopher Wilkins. “John Philip Sousa and Arthur Fiedler helped establish the tradition, the City of Akron and the Akron Symphony are keeping it strong here in Akron.”

In addition to an evening of music, the Akron Symphony is partnering with United Way of Summit Country on its Stuff the Bus school supply drive to benefit Akron Public Schools. At each concert, collected school supplies will help students in grades K-6 start off the school year ready to learn.

There will also be a food truck at the July 28 concert (Swensons) and the August 11 concert (Barrio) for attendees to purchase food and drinks throughout the evening while enjoying the performance.

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