After focus on France, Symphony back on America

The Charlotte Symphony’s next two Summer Pops concerts at SouthPark’s Symphony Park are focused on American composers and the country’s birth.

The Sunday, June 1, show will feature music by composers George Gershwin, Leonard Bernstein and Richard Rodgers, including “The Carousel Waltz,” the overture to “West Side Story” and “An American in Paris.”

The special Independence Day concert is July 3, a Tuesday, and will include patriotic tunes like “Hail to the Spirit of Liberty” and “Stars and Stripes Forever.” The concert includes a fireworks show.

Prelude acts for the shows begin at 7 p.m., with the Charlotte Symphony starting at 8:15 p.m. People can bring food and drinks to the show, and chairs shorter than nine inches in height.

Tickets are $10 for adults. The show is free to children younger than 18. Find more information at the group’s website,

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