JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – The Johnson City Symphony Orchestra opens its upcoming 46th subscription season, themed “New Frontiers,” with the annual Winged Deer Concert in the Park pops concert and a new Bark in the Park event, designed for pet lovers.
Both events will be held Sunday, Sept. 13 – with the Bark in the Park running from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. and the free pops concert starting at 6 p.m. that evening. The two events will be held in adjacent fields on the Winged Deer Park Lakefront Plaza, located off Carroll Creek Road.
“We’re hoping people who don’t normally attend a symphony concert will take part in ‘Bark in the Park’ and then stick around for the free concert,” said Nicole Misterly, JCSO’s general manager. “Our pops event generally features patriotic and popular tunes and is a local favorite. This year, however, we wanted to bump things up a notch and make it even more interesting and inviting for the community.”
The afternoon Bark in the Park, a fundraiser for the JCSO, is basically “a fun strolling course” for people with pets. Water and treat stations (for pets) will be provided. In addition, music by WKOS (104.9 FM) and vendors selling pet-oriented wares will be on-site. People wanting to participate in Bark in the Park need to pre-register by September 9 through the JCSO website at www.jcsymphony.com. On September 11, registrants can pick up packets containing event T-shirts, bandannas for their pets and necessary paperwork at the JCSO office, located at 172 Springbrook Dr. (across from Real to Reel Theater).
Led by Maestro Robert Seebacher, the evening concert is themed “The American Journey” and will include some of the most popular, mainstream orchestral works of all time, including John Philip Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever,” which since 1987 has been America’s official National March. The JCSO will play other well known marches by Sousa, in addition to “Hoe-Down” by Aaron Copland, the famous ballet score popular for being used in TV ads for America’s Beef Producers (“Beef, It’s What’s for Dinner”). Antonin Dvorak’s lively Slavonic Dance No. 1 will also be included, as well as other well-known works.
For the first time, refreshment snack foods and bottled water will be offered for purchase during the evening concert. As in previous years, attendees should bring their own lawn chairs or blankets, as well as favorite picnic foods to enjoy. Leashed pets are also welcome. Although admission is free, attendees are encouraged to bring a bag or can of pet food to donate to our area’s animal shelters.