June 14, 2007

CONTACT: Debra Judd, Parks & Rec., 908-527-4930
Tom Plante, Public Information, 908-527-4746


Free Performance by New Jersey Symphony Orchestra
Opens Union County Summer Concert Series, June 27


WESTFIELD/MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – The Union County Summer Arts Festival concert series begins Wednesday, June 27, with a performance by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jeffrey Grogan. The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, led by Chairwoman Bette Jane Kowalski, invites the public to attend this free concert which begins at 7:30 p.m. in Echo Lake Park.

The performance by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra will include classical compositions by Shostakovich, Strauss, Dvorak and others, plus music from popular motion pictures and patriotic American tunes. This June 27 show is part of the Orchestra’s annual outdoor Summer Parks Tour sponsored by Pfizer, P.S.E. & G., and the Horizon Foundation for New Jersey. Freeholder Chairwoman Kowalski urges you to “bring the entire family, pack a picnic basket, bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on, and enjoy an evening in Echo Lake Park along with a superb musical presentation.”

The Union County information van will be at the concert site, along with representatives from the Bureau of Mosquito Control, to answer questions and offer information about interesting programs available to Union County residents.

The other free concerts in the Union County Summer Arts Festival series include:
July 11 – Verdict (reggae & soca);
July 18 – Joe Arminio & The Family (big band variety show);
July 25 – De Sol (Latin);
August 1 – Mustang Sally (country);
August 8 – Jo Bonanno & the Godsons of Soul;
August 15 – The Sensational Soul Cruisers;
August 22 – The Ed Palermo Big Band with Rob Paparozzi;
August 29 – The Nerds (Jersey Shore party band).

All Summer Arts Festival concerts are held on Wednesdays (but not July 4th) at 7:30 p.m. at the Springfield Avenue end of Echo Lake Park in Mountainside. Lawn chairs, blankets and picnic baskets are encouraged. Famous Dave’s Bar-B-Que will have a food concession, along with an ice cream and snack vendor, which will be available at approximately 6:30 p.m.

In case of rain, concerts will be held at the air-conditioned auditorium at Cranford High School, on West End Place off Springfield Avenue in Cranford at 7:30 p.m. For up-to-date concert/rain information call the Parks and Recreation hot-line at (908) 352-8410 after 3:00 p.m. on the day of the concert.

For more information call the Union County Department of Parks, Recreation and Facilities at (908) 527-4900 or visit the Union County web site: