Editorial: Pops return to Freeman Lake

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Popular venue features varied music experience

By The Staff

ISSUE: Friday's Louisville Orchestra concert

OUR VIEW: More than just music


If Friday's concert along Freeman Lake in Elizabethtown were an ice cream cone it would be a triple dipper, at least.

First, the 30-piece Music & Arts Center of Cultural Learning Youth Orchestra, whose members’ ages range from 12 to 19, will open the evening of music with a diverse blend from “Star Wars” and Disney. Can you just sense how those young musicians must feel in anticipation of playing for the crowd that could reach 3,000 or more — not to mention the opportunity to hear the Louisville Orchestra and maybe even talk shop with the professionals?

Wouldn’t it be a wonderful once-in-a-lifetime experience if the music masters from Louisville would ask the aspiring young musicians from Elizabethtown to join them to perform a piece or two?

Following the young musicians from the Music & Arts Center, the Louisville Orchestra will perform for those scattered across the lawn in front of the Freeman Lake bandstand, some picnicking with family, friends or co-workers, dining on elaborate picnic meals, snacks or just lounging and enjoying the entertainment. The atmosphere above the placid waters will be filled with tunes from movie scores by John Williams, including possibly the familiar Indiana Jones, “Superman” and “Star Wars” films.

Pops in the Park, now in its 19th year, is joined by the revived city-sponsored concerts and the annual Swope Customer Appreciation Night, which this year featured Joel Ray Sprowls’ Lincoln Jamboree, as premiere outdoor entertainment opportunities for anyone in this community who wants to participate.

Topping off the evening, the Third dip: Fireworks by Zambelli Internationale.

Just to enjoy the orchestra in Louisville would cost multiples of the $8 adult tickets Friday, thanks to the sponsorship of First Federal Savings Bank. But as a bonus, participants will share the moment with the young members of the local Youth Orchestra and to ooh and aah at the explosive grand finale.

A cross-section of needy individuals and local organizations that serve them will benefit from the evening in the park, too. All ticket proceeds will go to the United Way of Central Kentucky and the Elizabethtown Lions Club will sell food and beverages to raise money for their many community projects.

What better way to spend a July Friday evening in Central Kentucky?

This editorial represents a consensus of The News-Enterprise editorial board.