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Fox Valley Academy and Philharmonic to perform at Concert in the Park June 30

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Submitted by Fox Valley Academy and Philharmonic

The Fox Valley Academy and the Philharmonic will perform at the Concert in the Park at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, June 30, at Pottawatomie Park, 8 North Ave., in St. Charles.

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The Philharmonic will perform classical favorites such as Peter Tchaikovsky's rousing "1812 Overture." The Academy ensembles also will offer the audience the opportunity to sing along to musical favorites from the Beatles to Richard Rodgers as well as patriotic pieces in honor of the Independence Day holiday.

Additionally, the concert includes popular tunes by John Williams and Scott Joplin. Alongside American composers, "Beethoven's music often captures the spirit of independence. Beethoven's 'Egmont Overture' embodies the struggle of freedom from oppression," noted Fox Valley Philharmonic music director Maryann Flock. "Beethoven's music is also a fitting celebration of our country's independence."

The program will conclude with the traditional playing of John Philip Sousa's "Stars and Stripes Forever" conducted by Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns. Burns has welcomed the Academy of Music Performance and the Philharmonic to the Fox Valley area as they present a summer concert. Members of the Academy and Philharmonic represent 18 different communities in and around the Fox Valley area.

The concert at the Pottawatomie Park is free and open to the public. There is plenty of open space to bring your lawn chair or blanket. With a concert time of 5:30 p.m., the Academy and Philharmonic invite the audience to bring their own picnic dinners or to use the Pottawatomie Park concessions available at the concert for a concert-and-dinner-in-the-park experience. This concert is made possible through a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

For information, call (630) 476-9072 or visit www.FVacademy.org.

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