Certain summer nights can leave one feeling a bit mournful over fun to be had
that was, for any number of reasons, ignored or forgotten altogether. These same
summer nights remind a person of the inescapable beauty of the nighttime sky,
and how much of it is wasted on the couch watching Anderson Cooper 360 or Leave
it to Beaver marathons.
If you're saving that aged bottle of Château Margaux for a special occasion,
then stop what you're reading, turn off the TV, pour a couple glasses and
prepare to make some plans that will surely rid you of any upcoming summer
nights spent mourning the death of a good time. Join fellow "fun-enthusiasts"
for what will certainly be one of the most spectacular and profoundly rewarding
experiences of your life — this summer's season of the wildly successful Music
at McClellan concert series.
Let the Alabama Symphony Orchestra and various, equally talented friends
initiate your escape with the best summer nights under the stars you'll ever
experience. You may arrive feeling droll and distracted, but you'll leave with a
renewed sense of passion and a smile almost too wide for any person to
Help properly usher in some Memorial Day spirit this Saturday with "Stars
& Stripes Pops," a symphonic tribute to the American military both home and
Last year's wildly popular tribute to the Star Wars trilogy will surely
inspire repeat success with this season's presentation of "Harry Potter &
Friends" featuring the breathtaking compositions of Academy Award winning
composer John Williams (Harry Potter, Jaws, Star Wars, Indiana Jones) on May 31.
You and your Mamma Mia can dance like queens during "ABBA: The Hits" on June
7. "The Hits," a musical story performed by Swedish cover band Waterloo with
help from the ASO, will be more relevant than ever with the upcoming release of
Mamma Mia (starring Pierce Brosnan and Meryl Streep), the big-screen adaptation
of the popular musical based on ABBA's biggest hits. If you can't thoroughly
enjoy ABBA, then please re-evaluate your life — now.
Grab the mini-van and kidnap the family on June 14 for "Classics Under the
Stars," including the annual "Firing of the Cannon," even more enjoyable thanks
to a few Civil War re-enactors and several classic compositions (including
Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture") conducted by Christopher Confessore.
So, for at least four days this summer, you'll have absolutely no excuse to
quietly settle for TV Land and Godzilla-sized boredom. Boredom can put up a
strong fight, but — for the summer, at least — you claim a victory reminiscent
of Ali in his prime; an inarguable knockout.
'Stars & Stripes Pops'
What: Alabama Symphony Orchestra performance
Where: McClellan's Longleaf Park
How much: $20
advance, $25 at gate, $5 children 4-12, free for children 3 and
Tips and information
Parking: Take Batzell Gate Road off U.S. 21 in Anniston. Turn right
and follow the signs. Attendants will direct you to the best parking and then to
the concert. All parking is within a short walk to the concert area.
Restrooms: Portable toilets are located around the concert site.
Vendors: A variety of food and drinks, including pizza, Polish
sausage, hot dogs, corn dogs, nachos, Italian shaved ice and soft drinks, are
Picnic and lounge: Pack your own food and drink to picnic under the
stars. Bring as much as you feel comfortable carrying: Blankets, folding chairs,
tables, candles and binoculars are all good ideas.
How long? The concert park opens at 6 p.m. for tailgating and picnics,
and the concerts are scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. The shows usually end around
Weather: Since the musicians will be covered from the elements, the
show will go on rain or shine, unless the weather is severe.
Electronics/photos: Turn off your cell phone and other noisemakers
before the concert begins. Photography before the show is fine, but no flash
will be allowed during the performance.
Seating: The stage is raised about six feet above the ground, allowing
for an unobstructed view for all. A blanket- only area is directly in front of
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