Symphony to perform free show

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Musicians from Symphony Orchestra Augusta will offer a taste of their music Saturday with the seventh annual Pops! Under the Stars concert.

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DeRee Smith and Judy Shurtleff enjoyed time with friends at the Pops! Under The Stars concert in May 2010 at the University Health Care System's Evans campus.  special
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DeRee Smith and Judy Shurtleff enjoyed time with friends at the Pops! Under The Stars concert in May 2010 at the University Health Care System's Evans campus.

The free concert, sponsored by University Heath Care System, includes such selections as Stravinksy's Firebird 1919 , Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture and Leroy Anderson's The Syncopated Clock . Led by Maestro Shizuo Z Kuwahara, the concert will start with The Star Spangled Banner and end with Stars and Stripes Forever .

"It's a mixture of patriotism and familiar classics," said Carolann Webster, Symphony Orchestra Augusta's director of marketing and public relations.

The event will take place at the University Health Care System's Evans campus at 447 N. Belair Road. Guests are welcome to bring blankets and chairs. If it rains, the concert will be moved to West Acres Baptist Church, 555 Gibbs Road, Evans.

Before the 50-member symphony takes the stage at 7:30 p.m., the U.S. Army Signal Corps Band will play jazz music beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Vocalist Niki Haris, who is featured on the soundtracks of Whoopi Goldberg's Corrina Corrina , Dream Works' The Big Green and LeAnn Rimes' Coyote Ugly , will perform several songs before intermission.

Last year, about 5,000 people came out to the event, Webster said.

"It's elegant," she said. "It's under the stars. It provides a great atmosphere."

This year, additional vendors will sell refreshments during the concert, Webster said, and the symphony will sell snacks and alcoholic beverages to benefit the Symphony Orchestra Augusta Education and Community Engagement programs.

Parking at the medical facility's campus will be designated with signs.

In concert

WHAT: Pops! Under the Stars with Symphony Orchestra Augusta

WHEN: Pre-concert featuring the U.S. Army Signal Corps Band at 6:30 p.m., Symphony Orchestra Augusta performs at 7:30 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: University Health Care System's Evans campus at 447 North Belair Road

ADMISSION: Free

MORE: Call (706) 826-4705 or visit www.soaugusta.org


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