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Don’t Miss 28th Annual Independence Concert on Saturday June 29!

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Symphony Board members Bill Owens and Sharla Campbell

Hard to believe it’s been 28 years since the first Northeast Texas Symphony Orchestra Concert and Fireworks! The largest annual public event held on the Sulphur Springs downtown Celebration Plaza, today it’s even bigger, bolder and more awesome than ever, and still absolutely free for everyone to attend! Plan to bring your lawn chair and be downtown on Saturday June 29, 2019. Pre-concert festivities start at 7:30 pm and the music will begin at 8 pm. A huge fireworks display will follow when darkness falls.

Sulphur Springs Symphony League President Sharla Campbell and Board member Bill Owens visited the KSST Good Morning Show to invite the public. Sharla gave credit to the working board members by saying, “they are a crew of dedicated volunteers who work tirelessly to put on this huge event, and actually work goes on all year to organize it. But it truly couldn’t be accomplished without the support of Alliance Bank, Christus Mother Frances Hospital and Grocery Supply Inc. which, as underwriting sponsors, believe it is an investment in our community”. And, according to Owens, “the musicians who make up the orchestra are serious musicians who make or contribute to their living by playing music professionally. We have a contract with each one to play for this concert. That’s how we ensure the quality of performance that we do”. Sharla added, “Dr. Douglas Bakenhus will return once again as symphony conductor. Although not from Hopkins County, Dr. Bakenhus has developed a real affinity for our community and the open-arms reception that quality performance receives from Sulphur Springs and Hopkins County people. He is thrilled to lead the Independence Concert as well as the Children’s Concert, which the Symphony League provides annually for the benefit of the children of our community. Together, we believe that exposing children to classical music at an early age goes a long way toward preserving the arts for future generations”.

Downtown eating spots will remain open to serve dinner, beverages and desserts, and concert-goers are encouraged to “eat local” and enjoy the full experience of an evening downtown. Also, locate the KSST table near the stage area and sign up to win one of the deluxe US Flag display kits that will be given away during the concert.

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Author: Enola Gay

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