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Symphony to perform in great outdoors

Bright blue skies and dancing children are expected to accompany the North Carolina Symphony’s stop in Lincolnton.
The symphony will be performing a free concert this Thursday on the grounds of the First Baptist Church. The professional, 65-member symphony has performed twice at Carnegie Hall in New York City and once at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
Their concert at the First Baptist Church in Lincolnton begins at 8 p.m.
“For a small town, it’s quite a privilege to have a well-known symphony come to town,” said Adair Cantwell, co-president of the Lincoln County chapter of the North Carolina Symphony.
“(The symphony) is one of the things North Carolina has to be really proud of.”
People are invited to bring lawn chairs, blankets and dinner. Picnickers are welcome to set up a space on the lawn prior to the start of the concert.
This is the fourth year Lincolnton will have a free, outdoor concert performed by the symphony. It’s proven a success in the past.
“I think it brings exposure to those cultural activities for a lot of people who would not be able to go out of town or be able to afford tickets,” said Erma Deen Hoyle, director of the Lincolnton Recreation Commission, which is funding the event.
The concert draws people of all ages and backgrounds. The music performed is generally well known. This year’s program includes light classical music, patriotic tunes and songs from “The Phantom of the Opera.”
The event is especially popular with young families.
“The children are free to wander on that wonderful lawn,” said Cantwell.
During this wandering, small groups of dancing kids usually form.
Food and drink are also welcome at the concert although alcohol is not allowed.
Organizers of the event hope the forecast is correct and the Thursday’s weather is clear and cool. If it does rain, the concert will move indoors to the James W. Warren Citizen’s Center.
“All but one year we’ve been able to do it in the great outdoors,” said Steve Gurley, who is on the board of the Lincolnton chapter of the symphony.
by Sarah Grano

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