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Firestone Park Summer Concert

August 11, 2019 at 7:30 pm

Spend a summer evening with the Akron Symphony Orchestra and the City of Akron at a free Summer Parks Series Concert at Firestone Park.

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Firestone Park Summer Concert


August 11, 2019
7:30 pm
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Firestone Park
1480 Girard Street
Akron, OH 44301 United States
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Spend a summer evening with the Akron Symphony Orchestra and the City of Akron at a free Summer Parks Concert at Firestone Park.

The concert, under the direction of conductor Eric Benjamin, 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. The march features a Turkish crescent, a highly ornamented collection of bells and jingles assembled on a pole, according to Music Director Christopher Wilkins.

“The Turkish crescent – also known as a Jingling Johnny – is a regular feature of parade units of the Shriners,” Wilkins explained. “Sousa himself was a Shriner, and our performance will employ the same Turkish crescent that famed conductor Frederick Fennel used in his recording of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine March.”

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, there will be collection stations to drop off school supplies to help students in grades K-6 start off the school year ready to learn. (Click here for more information.)

The Barrio Food Truck will also be at the concert for attendees to purchase food and drinks throughout the evening while enjoying the performance.

“These free concerts are part of what makes the City of Akron a special place,” said Director of Marketing Thomas Moore. “Being able to give something back through the school supply drive, and enhancing the evening with a food truck, is our way of saying thank you to the city for its continued support of the arts.”

Every summer, thousands spend their Sunday evenings under the stars with the Akron Symphony Orchestra performing on the outdoor stage built for the Heinz Poll Summer Dance Festival. We look forward to seeing you this summer at one of the free concerts, which are supported by the City of Akron.

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Did You Know?

Composer Jacques Offenbach opened his own theater, Bouffes-Parisiens, to present hi own works. He produced a series of hits, capped in 1858 by the triumphant debut of his two-act comedy, Orpheus in the Underworld. (Source: The NPR Listener’s Encyclopedia of Classical Music)

During the Centennial Exposition of 1876 in Philadelphia, John Phillip Sousa played violin in an orchestra conducted by Jacques Offenbach. (Source: The NPR Listener’s Encyclopedia of Classical Music)

Dvořák’s Slavonic Dances, Op. 46, composed in 1878, catapulted the composer to fame outside of Bohemia and helped lead him to become a figure of international importance during the 1880s. (Source: The NPR Listener’s Encyclopedia of Classical Music)

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