FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 10, 2008

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Free Performance by New Jersey Symphony Orchestra
Opens Union County Summer Concert Series, July 2

The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra performs in Echo Lake Park, July 2
(Photo by Jim Lowney/Union County)

MOUNTAINSIDE/WESTFIELD, NJ – The Union County Summer Arts Festival concert series begins a new season on Wednesday, July 2, with an all-American salute to summer performed by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jeffrey Grogan. The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, led by Chairman Angel G. Estrada, 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 is part of the Orchestra’s annual outdoor parks tour. The concert will feature patriotic and nostalgic favorites from Leroy Anderson, Aaron Copland, George Gershwin and Richard Rodgers. Freeholder Chairman Estrada urges you to “bring the entire family for an evening in Echo Lake Park. Pack a picnic basket, bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on, and enjoy the splendid music!”

The Union County information van will be at the concert site, along with representatives from the Union County 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 9 – Mustang Sally (country);
July 16 – De Sol (Latin);
July 23 – The Rick Cantor Band (classic rock);
July 30 – Jobonanno & the Godsons of Soul (rock);
August 6 – The British Invasion (Beatles tribute band);
August 13 – The Nerds (Jersey Shore party band);
August 20 – The Ed Palermo Big Band with Rob Paparozzi (blues & jazz);
August 27 – Verdict (reggae & soca).

All Summer Arts Festival concerts are held on Wednesdays 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 more information call the Union County Department of Parks and Community Renewal at (908) 527-4900 or visit the Union County web site: www.ucnj.org/parks/summerarts.html.