Arts & Entertainment

Symphony plays songs of America on July 3

The stirring music of patriotism will fill the air at Flat Top Park on July 3 when the Mid-Columbia Symphony, under the direction of Nick Wallin, performs its annual Independence Day concert.

The music starts at 7 p.m. at the West Richland park off Bombing Range Road. Admission is free.

Visitors will hear the classic sounds of America's song, The Star Spangled Banner, as well as music from Bernstein's West Side Story, Copland's Hoe Down from Rodeo, Ellington's Caravan and Sousa's Washington Post. Other music includes Lord of the Rings, The Entertainer, Stars and Stripes Forever and Victory at Sea.

The event will also be the last opportunity to purchase season tickets to the symphony's 65th season of concerts.

The 2009-10 season schedule includes:

-- Oct. 3: Dvorak's Cello Concerto in B Minor

-- Jan. 24: Brahms Symphony No. 2

-- March 20: Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, and also feature the winners of the annual Young Artists Competition.

-- May 15: Verdi's Requiem with guest vocalists the Mid-Columbia Mastersingers, under the direction of Justin Raffa.

Season tickets to the symphony are from $82 to $90 for adults, from $65 to $72 for students and seniors.

All regular season concerts are held in the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick, starting at 8 p.m.

Tickets are available at or call the symphony office at 943-6602 for more information.