AUBURN, Mass. - The Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra’s free concert in Auburn Friday will feature music from Beethoven, Broadway and Billboard’s top 100.
The July 27 concert, which is inaugurating the Riley-Pappas Performance Pavilion at the Pappas Recreation Complex, will be a “pops concert that appeals to a wide audience,” according to Paul Levenson, executive director of the Massachusetts Symphony.
“Our pops concert is designed to entertain the whole family,” Levenson said. “We hope this is the start of many more concerts at this beautiful facility. It’s hard to find other towns that have this type of complex with a performance pavilion.”
The “Classics to Broadway” concert will feature Maestro Myron Romanul conducting the orchestra and solo vocalists Jane Shivick and Michael Calmès. It is scheduled for July 27 at 7 p.m.
The concert will include music from Beethoven, Anderson, Handel, Berlioz and Verdi. There will also be selections from “The Sound of Music,” including the famous songs “My Favorite Things,” “So Long, Farewell” and “Do, Re, Mi.”
Other Broadway show selections will be from “Wicked” and “Porgy and Bess.” The performance will end with music from Jennifer Lopez, Bob Seger and John Philip Sousa.
The concert is sponsored by HealthSouth and an anonymous donor. The performance is also part of the Charter Summer Concert Series.
Attendees should bring lawn chairs and blankets. Food will be sold at the concession stand. Rain dates are Saturday, July 28, and Sunday, July 29.
Limited parking is available on-site, as well as at the Lorraine Gleick Nordgren Senior Center, the Auburn VNA, Pakachoag Elementary School and the North American Martyrs Church, which would not be available if rain pushes the performance to Saturday.
In addition, complimentary shuttle service will be provided by WRTA buses beginning at 6 p.m. from the Auburn Mall parking lot.
Also, there will be weekly concerts at the Pappas Recreation Complex throughout August. All concerts in August are on Thursday at 6 p.m.
On Aug. 2, Kings Row will perform; on Aug. 9, Southern Rail; on Aug 16, Outriggers; on Aug. 23, Christine Taylor will present Broadway favorites with Auburn community players.
Groups interested in performing can contact Kristen Pappas, Auburn’s director of recreation and culture, at 508-832-7736.