Thanks to the generosity of Cookevillians Sam and Diane Glasgow, it's free.
The opening concert of the Bryan Symphony Orchestra at Tennessee Tech University's 2010-2011 season begins Labor Day weekend at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 5, at the Performance Pavilion of Cookeville's continually expanding Dogwood Park.
From the "Star Spangled Banner" and "Stars and Stripes Forever" to the spine-tingling "Fanfare for the Common Man," movie music and Sousa marches, the program is as perfect for families and couples – for anyone who wants to sit beneath the stars on a warm summer night and listen to orchestral music played live.
The setting is perfect, say concert sponsors Sam and Diane Glasgow, who have sponsored these concerts for years in honor of their parents. Every season, Dogwood Park gets bigger and better. In addition to the terraced seating constructed last year, a concession stand is under construction, and the grounds now sprawl well beyond the amphitheater area and include a delightful new centerpiece, a fountain.
Diane Glasgow has also developed children's activities at every BSO concert for many years. From finger puppets resembling famous composers to hats and wands and other play things, there is nothing the craft-savvy Glasgow can't incorporate into a learning experience to help instill an appreciation for music in youngsters.
But it's mainly about the music itself, of course, and the Glasgows sponsor the family-friendly concert so that parents can share the live orchestral experience with their children for free.
While the concert begins at 7:30 p.m., the children's activities begin at 6 p.m. – and that's also when the Men of St. Michael's will be on-hand to sell hotdogs, snacks and drinks.
Dogwood Park is located behind the Putnam County Library. Parking is available within a block of the park throughout that section of downtown, including parking lots behind the Cookeville Performing Arts Center, on the corner of Broad and Walnut, behind City Hall and more. The lot directly behind the Dogwood Performance Pavilion will be reserved for handicapped parking. In case of rain, the concert will move to Wattenbarger Auditorium, the concert hall of the Bryan Fine Arts Building on the TTU campus.
BSO season tickets are now on sale. Adult tickets for the five subscription concerts of 2010-11 are $132; tickets for seniors 65 and up are $125; and tickets for students are $30. Individual tickets are also available: $30 for adults, $26 for seniors 65 and up, and $8 for students. Reserve tickets by calling 931-525-2633 or visiting the BSO's website to download a season ticket reservation form to fill out and mail in.
The Bryan Symphony Orchestra, a member of the League of American Orchestras, is the only professional symphony in a rural area of Tennessee. Its regular subscription performances begin Sunday, Oct. 10, and take place in Wattenbarger Auditorium.
Additional support for the September concert is provided by the Cookeville Arts Council.