Wednesday, July 6, 2011

(Re)Discover Chattanooga - Pops in the Park

One of the things I love about Chattanooga, is how much the community supports the arts & local music. All year long there are free and/or affordable arts, music, and food festivals in town. Pops in the Park is a free concert showcasing the Chattanooga Symphony and put on by Chattanooga Presents.

In recent years the event has taken advantage of the great green spaces in Coolidge Park, nestled between two bridges, on the banks of the TN river. Coolidge is great because it sits between the Market & Walnut Street bridges on the North Shore of the TN river. The bridges define the space, & the view across the river to downtown is fantastic. The whole setting gives you a nice feeling of being close to downtown, but secluded & just a little separate from the energy of downtown. Its very peaceful.

This year Pops in the Park was the first performance of our new Maestra Kayoko Dan, fresh off her honeymoon. The crowd was huge, and the music was appropriately patriotic. American composers were featured in addition to the expected music. The Tennessee Waltz was played, an in a nod to the former & beloved Maestro of the Symphony, Bob Bernhardt, a little Star Wars theme was played as well.

The finale of the concert signaled the beginning of the fireworks. The Riverbend fireworks are a tough act to follow, especially on a budget which was so tight the whole even was almost cancelled, but I think everyone enjoyed it, and for me personally I know they were better than at Y Beach in Clemson. ;)

Hope everyone had a great 4th of July!!

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