Reprinted here in its entirety.
Music at McClellan is gearing up for its four-week concert series, The
Longleaf Series, this Saturday at Longleaf Park.
The Alabama Symphony Orchestra will kick off the opening weekend, performing
"Stars and Stripes Pops" Saturday in a patriotic concert celebrating soldiers at
home and away.
Pete Conroy, Music at McClellan co-chairman, said he is excited about the
summer lineup of concerts coming to former Fort McClellan.
"We've been doing the concert for five years now and put on 17 shows," Conroy
said. "We've worked out all the kinks and become a well-oiled machine that gives
the audience a great time and a fun environment."
The series will continue the following Saturday with "Harry Potter and
Friends," featuring music from the Harry Potter movies.
The Swedish cover band Waterloo, including several former members of ABBA,
will perform with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra June 7. The two will team up to
perform songs from the album, ABBA: The Hits, such as "Mama Mia," "Dancing
Queen" and "Knowing Me, Knowing You."
The Symphony is familiar with teaming up with popular rock bands, performing
with Three Dog Night at McClellan in 2004.
The Longleaf Series will close out June 14 as the Alabama Symphony Orchestra
plays symphonic classics while Civil War reenactors perform.
Bands, jugglers and mimes from the Community Actors Studio Theatre also are
scheduled to perform during the four-week concert series.
Coolers and picnic dinners are welcome on the grounds. Vendors will be on
hand selling food and soda, while Anniston Water Works will sell bottled water.
Picnic grounds open at 6 p.m. The concert begins at 8 p.m.
"Picnicking and the community party beforehand is as good as the concert
itself," Conroy said, emphasizing that many concert-goers bring comfortable
chairs and blankets to the park.
The 19th Hole at Cane Creek Golf Course will be open for sit-down or takeout
Music at McClellan tickets
Where to buy
• Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce
• Golden Springs Pharmacy
Jacksonville State University's Theron Montgomery Building Bookstore
McClellan Joint Powers Authority headquarters
• Mary G. Hardin Center for
Cultural Arts in Gadsden
• McClellan Box Office
• Adults at the gate — $25
• Ages 4 to 12 — $5
• Under 4 — No
• Advance purchase — $20
• Anytime tickets (Four tickets to any
concert) — $60
(Anytime tickets can only be purchased before 10 p.m. Friday. Tickets will be
available only at the McClellan Box Office the day of the concert. For more
information, call 310-0852 or visit www.musicatmcclellan.org.
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