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Mark Your Calendar: Join Go Ask Mom at N.C. Symphony's space-themed Summerfest concert

Posted May 26

Courtesy: N.C. Symphony

Back, a very long time ago, my career plan was to become a professional flutist. Alas, here I am.

Still, one of my next Go Ask Mom events seems fitting - I'll help emcee the N.C. Symphony Summerfest concert at Booth Amphitheatre on June 10.

As I wrote in my Weekend Plans post, the symphony opens its Summerfest season this weekend with a performance of the New World Symphony on Saturday. The season continues on June 3 with a program of romantic Broadway tunes and June 9 with Classics Under the Stars.

The June 10 concert - which I'm helping with - is "A Space Spectacular. It features music that shows how composers across generations and genres have imagined the mysteries of space in their music, according to the description. So, you'll hear music from Star Wars and Close Encounters of the Third Kind by John Williams to selections from Holst's The Planets.

And there won't be just music. When the gates open at 5:30 p.m., the symphony will have its Instrument Zoo display, where kids can try out all kinds of instruments. There will be free face painting. And Star Wars characters from the 501st Legion Carolina Garrison will be on hand for pictures and meet and greets.

This concert is a lot of fun for families every year. And, best of all, tickets for kids 12 and under are free. Tickets for the rest of us start at $30 for general admission lawn seats.

You're welcome to bring chairs, blankets and coolers with picnic dinners and, even, your own beer and wine. In fact, symphony representatives will be roaming the crowd to pick the "Picnic of the Week" winner. (So bring your A game in that cooler).

Booth Amphitheatre's website has more information. I'm looking forward to living my teenage dream of being on stage with a major orchestra - even without my flute. I hope to see you there!

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