Every year for twenty-eight years is definitely a tradition. And this tradition is a fun one for Knoxvillians.
As part of the City of Knoxville's "Festival on the Fourth," the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra offers its free Independence Day Concert of popular patriotic tunes and classical favorites on the South Lawn of World's Fair Park at 8:00 pm on Wednesday, July 4th. The concert ends with the annual fireworks show.
The KSO's guest artists will be Natalee McReynolds and Alex Temple Ward. Both performers will play leading roles in the Clarence Brown - KSO collaboration of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street beginning August 30th with Mr. Ward as Anthony and Ms. McReynolds as Johanna. KSO music director Lucas Richman will conduct.
On the bill for the concert is (of course) The Star Spangled Banner, John Williams' Midway March, James Horner's Titanic, Lucas Richman's A Western Fanfare, the traditional Salute to the Armed Forces, Rocky Top, Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture and more.
"Festival on the Fourth" begins in World's Fair Park at 2 pm and includes food vendors, craft booths, bands and activities for children.
If you can't make it to World's Fair Park, the concert and fireworks display will be broadcast live on WBIR-TV 10 beginning at 8:00p.m.