WHO: The Austin Symphony
WHAT: Fourth of July Free Concert and Fireworks
WHEN: Thursday, July 4, 1996, 8:30 p.m.
WHERE: Auditorium Shores on Town Lake
CONTACT: Nan Schwetman (512) 476-6064 or 343-6513 (evenings, weekends)


Sponsored by NationsBank, H-E-B, Coca-Cola, and the City of Austin

Additional support from MAJIC 95.5 FM, the Music Performance Trust Fund and the Texas National Guard

The Austin Symphony will present a fun, festive — and free — Fourth of July Celebration — complete with spectacular fireworks and cannon firings — on the shores of Town Lake on Thursday, July 4th, with a concert of American music beginning at dusk. The performance, conducted by ASO Assistant Conductor Timothy Muffitt, will end with Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture accompanied by cannon fire and fireworks. The fireworks show continues following the concert at about 9:30 p.m.

The program will include Cowboy’s Overture by John Williams, Huapango by Moncayo, Carmen Dragon’s "Memories of America," National Emblem March, excerpts from Gerschwin’s Porgy & Bess, Sousa’s "The Thunderer March," the Marine’s Hymn, Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture and "Stars and Stripes Forever."

Bring a picnic basket or box supper earlier in the evening to claim a good seat, and then enjoy music in the beautiful setting of downtown Austin along Town Lake. Concessions are also available on site.

Camp Mabry’s National Guard Salute Battery will fire approximately 16 rounds from 75-millimeter howitzer cannons during the "1812 Overture." A spectacular 15-minute fireworks show, with some shells reaching as high as 1000 feet over Town Lake, will immediately follow the concert. The Symphony’s July 4th Concerts were initiated over 20 years ago and have become a tradition for many Austin families. For more information, call the Austin Symphony at 476-6064.

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