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Kansas City Symphony “Pops in the Park” Offers Free Family Fun at Shawnee Mission Park
POSTED: 08/19/2004
KANSAS CITY, MO (Aug. 10, 2004)— The Kansas City Symphony will present its 21st Annual Labor Day Weekend concert—POPS IN THE PARK—on Sunday, Sept. 5, 2004 at Shawnee Mission Park’s The Theatre in the Park. Generously sponsored by Bank of America, the concert under the stars is free to audiences of all ages and will be led by the Symphony’s popular Resident Conductor Timothy Hankewich.

The fun begins at 6:30 p.m. when DJ Kirby from Mix 93.3 kicks off the evening’s entertainment. At 7:00 p.m., the orchestra takes the stage for a concert of light classics. The first half of the program floats along on a big-river theme and includes Grofé’s Mississippi Suite and the traditional favorite “Shenandoah.” Following intermission, the orchestra will perform a crowd-pleasing round of favorites that tease, play, and laugh their way to the grand finale, a heart-pounding rendition of Sousa’s Stars and Stripes Forever.

Kids will enjoy the Symphony’s Instrument Petting Zoo, where trained musicians help youngsters try their hands at a variety of orchestral instruments. The Petting Zoo will be open from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. and again at intermission. In addition, park concessions will be available, but concert-goers are invited to bring picnic baskets and coolers along with their lawn chairs and blankets. For the first time in several years, no park admission fee will be charged, making this a free event for all.

Each year, POPS IN THE PARK attracts thousands from around the metropolitan area and provides the opportunity to hear the Kansas City Symphony in a relaxed, outdoor setting. POPS IN THE PARK is generously sponsored by Bank of America with media support from Infinity Radio.

For more information, please contact Susan Medler, communications manager of the Kansas City Symphony, at (816) 218-2624 or

Concert Details At-a-Glance
DATE: Sunday, Sept. 5, 2004
RAIN DATE: Monday, Sept. 6, 2004 (same time/place)

6:00 p.m. Pre-concert Entertainment —DJ Kirby from Mix 93.3 (beginning at 6:30 —Instrument Petting Zoo —Food and beverages for sale at park concessions

7:00 p.m. Kansas City Symphony in concert

Shawnee Mission Park — The Theatre in the Park, 7710 Renner Rd., Shawnee, KS

Timothy Hankewich, resident conductor, Kansas City Symphony

Concert is FREE to the public!

Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and coolers for a great evening at the park!

The Kansas City Symphony’s 80-member orchestra performs more than 50 concerts on three series (Classical, Family, Pops) during its 42-two week season, September through June. In addition, the Symphony performs non-series concerts such as Classics Uncorked, educational programs, free outdoor concerts, and outreach performances, and serves as the orchestra for the Lyric Opera and the Kansas City Ballet. Classical performances are broadcast weekly on KCUR 89.3 FM during the Kansas City Symphony Hour, Thursdays at 9 p.m. Visit the Kansas City Symphony online at

The above release was issued by the Kansas City Symphony

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