For the 32nd consecutive year, the Central Ohio Symphony will present its annual 4th of July concert on Tuesday, 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. Jeanette Ferguson will sing “The Star Spangled Banner” and Delaware Hayes High School principal Ric Stranges will be the evening’s host.
“We always look forward to this event,” said Executive Director Warren W. Hyer. “This concert is our way to thank the community for the strong support it has always given us.”
The evening’s program will feature music by American composers, including the popular “Armed Forces Salute” in recognition of veterans and active service personnel, and the music from the movie “To Kill A Mockingbird,” by Elmer Bernstein. Hyer pointed out some changes in programming from past years.
“We will be performing a short classical work by Hector Berlioz,” said Hyer. “There will also be a world premiere of one of Ben Goldberg’s compositions, “Walk of Champions. We have performed several premieres with Ben and look forward to playing his new work.”
As has become tradition, the group will perform Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture,” replete with theatre cannon blasts.
One of Ohio’s largest free orchestra performances, attendance in recent years numbered between 6000 and 8000. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring a picnic and chairs or a blanket to enjoy annual event, a July 4th tradition for many families.
The Symphony recommends allowing for extra time to get to the concert as there is construction on the Ohio Wesleyan campus this summer.
Lawn seating is free. The Symphony also provides limited general admission chair seating in front of the stage for $6. Tickets are available at the Symphony office, located at 24 E. Winter Street in downtown Delaware, as well as at the concert. Tickets may also be purchased online for $6.50. The City of Delaware’s fireworks display will start immediately following the concert.
The lead sponsor for this year’s concert is again Willow Brook Christian Communities. Zangmeister Cancer Center, Mt. Carmel Health and Fitness, and Middlefield Bank are also sponsors, as are the City of Delaware and the Ohio Arts Council. The concert location is made possible by Ohio Wesleyan University.