Bryan Symphony performs free concert under the stars Sunday, Sept. 4

Posted by Karen Lykins - Monday, August 22 2011
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thumb BSO-DogwoodPark-014-webIt's a Cookeville tradition now -- the annual free Bryan Symphony Orchestra concert under the stars during Labor Day weekend at the Dogwood Park Performance Pavilion.

The Sunday, Sept. 4, event begins with children's activities at 6:30 p.m., and the music starts at 7:30 p.m.

The program – a playful mix of animal-themed movie soundtracks, operatic overtures and original music for children by BSO Music Director Dan Allcott – includes selections from Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake, John Williams' Jurassic Park and the mighty Rossini William Tell Overture.

Dogwood Park, Cookeville's foremost outdoors performance venue, is currently in the second phase of an ambitious expansion project. Its latest addition, a concession stand and restroom facility, is now complete. Irrigation work is under way, and more landscaping is scheduled for fall.

Free parking is available throughout the downtown district.

In case of rain, the concert will be held at TTU's Bryan Fine Arts Building.

The Sept. 4 free outdoors concert marks the opening of the BSO's 49th season and is sponsored by Sam and Diane Glasgow of Cookeville. Additional funding is provided by a grant from the Cookeville Arts Council.

The Bryan Symphony Orchestra, the only professional symphony outside a metropolitan area in Tennessee, gives its subscription and education performances in Wattenbarger Auditorium, the concert hall of TTU's Bryan Fine Arts Building, located at 1150 N. Dixie Ave., in Cookeville. The orchestra will be celebrating its 50th anniversary during the 2012-2013 season. Learn more at

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