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Symphony in the park returns to Cedaredge

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The Valley Symphony Association presents Valley Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in the annual Pops in the Park concert in Cedaredge on Saturday, Sept. 9, at 5 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce.

The community is invited to the Cedaredge Town Park for this free concert. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy live symphonic and choral music in a family-friendly setting. Feel free to bring a picnic dinner, or enjoy take out from one of the many restaurants in Cedaredge.

The orchestra and chorus will perform selections from "Pirates of the Caribbean" as well as Broadway and show tunes, and patriotic and Americana tunes. "We're doing a nice variety and we're doing something for everyone to enjoy," said concertmaster Debra TenNapel.

Now in its 10th year, the Pops in the Park has grown to be a much-loved community event. TenNapel and chamber board member Bruce Hovde concocted the idea of a symphony in the park to bring more music to the Surface Creek Valley. "Some people have never heard a live symphony before, and this is a great, family-friendly way to see live symphonic music," TenNapel said. Kids are able to play on the nearby park playground while adults can enjoy the music in the shady park -- and maybe even dance if the mood strikes! TenNapel added the free concert as a way for the musicians in the Valley Symphony Association to show their appreciation for the support of the local community.

During intermission, you can purchase homemade treats, including pie, ice cream and root beer floats. Proceeds benefit the Valley Symphony Association. Members will be on hand to give information about the upcoming season and season tickets.

If you miss this concert, the Valley Symphony Chorus and Orchestra will perform a second free concert at Cobble Creek Golf Course in Montrose at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 10.

Visit www.ValleySymphony.net to learn more about the association, or visit www.CedaredgeChamber.com or call 970-856-6961 to learn more about this event.

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