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22 May 2007
Music at McClellan Strikes Up This Saturday

By Jessica Otwell
Star Staff Writer

Reprinted here in its entirety.

No rain is in the forecast to stop people from attending Music at McClellan this Memorial Day weekend, as the series enters its fourth season with a concert Saturday.

Attendees can expect not only the familiar, soothing sounds of “Romeo and Juliet” as performed by the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, but also other familiar selections that this year's maestro Justin Brown has chosen.

“He will be remembered by audiences because of last year's fantastic final performance,” said Josephine Ayers, co-chair of Music at McClellan. “He is a real crowd pleaser and an Englishman.”

Also on the program for Saturday is Edward Elgar's “Pomp and Circumstance,” which should be an invigorating experience for high school seniors expecting to hear the tune at their graduation ceremonies.

“It's highly appropriate for graduates to come,” Ayers said. “Graduates will get a rush from hearing this selection.”

Also, this year marks the beginning of a new program of a late-night jazz program immediately following the symphony concerts. The jazz ensemble is from Anniston High School.

Other features of this weekend's activities include mimes directing traffic and pre-show entertainment with jugglers.

“This will be a very family-friendly atmosphere and we will also have a lot of art,” Ayers said.

Tickets can be purchased for $20 at various locations, including the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce, Golden Springs Pharmacy and the Jacksonville State University Campus Bookstore. Tickets are also available online at Tickets at the gate will be $25. Tickets for children ages 3 to 12 are $5 and children under 3 may attend for free.

All summer concerts will be held at McClellan's Longleaf Park. Concert grounds open at 6 p.m. Saturday's concert begins at 8 p.m.

The Alabama Symphony will return for three more concerts June 2, 9 and 16.

About Jessica Otwell

Jessica Otwell is an intern for The Star.

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