Uptown Pops to Feature Sounds from Stage and Screen

May 31, 2017 10:53 am

The Charlotte Symphony will perform a free outdoor evening concert at Romare Bearden Park on Friday, June 9 from 8:15 -9:15 p.m.

For a fourth year, Bank of America, WDAV, the Charlotte Symphony, Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation Department and Charlotte Center City Partners are happy host this family-friendly “Uptown Pops” concert.

“Bringing music out into the heart of Charlotte is a great way for us to connect with our whole community,” says Charlotte Symphony President and CEO Mary A. Deissler. “This is the first of many community concerts we offer in addition to our longstanding summer series at Symphony Park, and we’re grateful for the opportunity.”

The orchestra will perform popular selections across musical genres, from classical to pops and film favorites. Music will include works by Strauss, John Williams hits from E.T. and The Cowboys, a medley of Puccini opera favorites, Richard Rodgers selections from the musicals Carousel and The Sound of Music, and music made popular by Bugs Bunny.

Music lovers of all ages are encouraged to come out as early as 6 p.m. to spread out a blanket, choose dinner from any of the participating food trucks including:: The Dumping Lady, Ole Buddy’s Oinker Express, The Moroccan Cookbook, Rollin’, Street Spice International and Kona Ice.

As an added attraction in Romare Bearden Park, the Wall of Compassion, created by About Face Charlotte will be on display in the park’s lower bowl opposite of the stage. The wall is a photographic and storytelling project built from over 2,000 Blessing Boxes that are filled with notes of 100 acts of kindness bestowed from businesses, schools, places of worship, governmental agencies and individuals. The Wall of Compassion was created to connect people in our community, elevate compassion and empathy, and encourage ongoing acts of love and altruism.

Whatever your interest, there is something for everyone at Uptown Pops in Romare Bearden Park next Friday.

 – Lane McCurley