Trumpets! Flags! Fireworks!
The Carroll Symphony Orchestra is preparing once again to thrill our community with the sounds and sights of The 2015 Sounds of Liberty Concert which begins at 8:30 p.m. on the Fourth of July.
Event planners want to assure everyone that the grounds of the Carrollton Elementary School offer ample room for all the lawn chairs and beach blankets of the thousands who gather at the free event to enjoy the thrilling patriotic music that culminates in a brilliant fireworks display. Long-time attendees say that the grounds in front of the stage offer the very best view of the fireworks as well as the thrill of experiencing the music “up close.”
As evening falls, spotlights switch on, the professional musicians mount the stage, Conductor Terry Lowry takes the podium, the American Legion Honor Guard raises the colors, local radio stations “go live,” and “The Star-Spangled Banner” sounds across the crowd to begin the evening’s celebration.
Conductor Lowry describes the concert as an “All-American program” because all of the evening’s music is by American composers. This year the selections are from John Philip Sousa, Leonard Bernstein, William Grant Still, Morton Gould, Robert Jager, and John Williams. Four Georgia composers will also be featured as the symphony premieres the four pieces by the winners of this year’s CSO Young Composers Competition: Yuijean Shin, Zack Lester, Annika Joshi, and Albert Shin.
Led by soloist Larry Frazier, the crowd will have the opportunity to recognize both wartime and peacetime veterans of each of our country’s military branches and to pay tribute to Carroll County’s brave men and women who gave their lives in service to our country.
With favorite patriotic melodies including “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” and “The Stars and Stripes Forever ” the program will culminate with a brilliant fireworks display.
Mayor Wayne Garner welcomes everyone to the celebration, “We are delighted to be able to participate with the Symphony each year. As mayor, and on behalf of the City Council, I want to say that we think it is a great, great thing for the City of Carrollton. Thousands and thousands of people come to attend that concert. Terry Lowry does a great job. We’re excited about it and know we’ll have another great concert.”
2015 will be the twelfth year for the CSO to perform at The Sounds of Liberty. The Symphony’s first Sounds of Liberty concert was also the first year that awards were presented for the winning floats in the morning’s People’s Parade, a project organized and managed by the Evening Sertoma Club. The tradition continues as this year’s Community Spirit Cup will be presented by Carrollton Evening Sertoman Rebecca L. Smith, coordinator of The People’s Parade. *Carrollton Parade rescheduled to July 11th*
Sponsors of this year’s concert include Carroll Symphony Orchestra Guild, City of Carrollton, Carroll County, Southwire, Tanner Health System, Carroll County Sheriff Terry Langley, Systems and Methods Inc, Almon Funeral Home, Milestone Investment Management, West Georgia Ambulance Service, United Community Bank, Southern States Bank, Syncglobal Telecom, The Cole Family Foundation West Georgia Technical College, Scott Evans Dodge and Scott Evans Nissan, B92 County, and KISS 102.7.
The launch site for the fireworks show, presented by the Carrollton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, is across Ben Scott Boulevard from the concert stage and will be located between the practice football field and the baseball field by Carrollton Junior High.
For those who cannot attend the concert in person, Gradick Communications’ radio stations Kiss 102.7 and B92 Country will broadcast the concert, as they have been doing since 1996.
Traffic exiting the evening’s event will flow steadily under the guidance of Carrollton Police officers who will be stationed at the intersections of Trojan Drive and South Park Street, Trojan Drive and Ben Scott Boulevard, Ben Scott and Hwy. 166 Bypass, and Hays Mill Road and the 166 Bypass.
Photo: The Carroll Symphony Orchestra’s twelfth annual Sounds of Liberty Concert begins at 8:30 p.m., July 4, on the lawn of Carrollton Elementary School. Admission is free.
Press Release with Photo
Contact: Alice Ridley Teal
Carroll Symphony Orchestra