Ohio Symphony celebrating 30th Fourth of July anniversary

The Central Ohio Symphony will once again take the outdoor stage on Saturday, July 4 at 7:30 p.m. Conductor Jaime Morales-Matos will direct the orchestra in Phillips Glen, located behind Gray Chapel on the Sandusky Street main campus of Ohio Wesleyan University, just one block south of downtown Delaware. The Glen has been beautifully renovated making for more seating space for the audience. The concert will follow the Ohio Machine Lacrosse game on the OWU campus.

One of Ohio’s largest free orchestra performances, attendance in recent years numbered between 5,000 and 7,000. Bring a picnic and chairs or a blanket to enjoy this 30th annual event, a July 4th tradition for many families. The concert will take place regardless of weather, with Branch Rickey Arena as the rain location.

“We have always had tremendous support from the community,” Hyer said. “This concert is our gift to the community.”

The evening’s program will be dominated by music by American composers. “We play American music in honor of our nation’s birthday celebration,” explained Hyer, “and it’s great music.” Among the evening’s selections will be marches by John Philip Sousa, A Duke Ellington medley, music from “Phantom of the Opera” and the popular “Armed Forces Salute,” in recognition of veterans and active service personnel. The orchestra will also perform Morton Gould’s “Battle Hymn of the Republic” and Ohio composer Paul John Stanbury’s “Elegy” in commemoration of the end of the Civil War 150 years ago. The highlight of the concert, as always, is the 1812 Overture with fireworks cannon blasts!

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Central Ohio Symphony’s July 4th concerts on the Ohio Wesleyan campus. In that time, more than 140,000 attendees have enjoyed this free community activity. This year, Delaware County Sheriff Russ Martin will be the host and Jason Hiester from the Ohio Wesleyan Music Department will sign the Star Spangled Banner.

Lawn seating is free; the Symphony also provides limited general admission chair seating in front of the stage for $6.00. Tickets are available at the Symphony office, located at 24 East Winter Street in downtown Delaware and at Buehler’s Fresh Foods, as well as at the concert. Kiwanis will be selling refreshments at the concert. Immediately following the concert will be the City of Delaware’s fireworks display.

The lead sponsor for this year’s concert is Willow Brook Christian Communities. Additional sponsors are the Ohio Arts Council, and the City of Delaware, with Ohio Wesleyan University as the host. Hyer noted that the Symphony is accepting donations in any amount for the 4th of July concert and that donations could be made online at < www.centralohiosymphony.org > or by contacting the Symphony at (740) 362-1799.