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WRAL To Sponsor Annual Pops In Park Concert

Posted August 31, 2006 10:16 a.m. EDT

— Music lovers are invited to join WRAL-TV and the North Carolina Symphony for an evening of live entertainment and fun for the whole family.

WRAL's Pops in the Park will be held at the Koka Booth Amphitheatre at Regency Park 7 p.m. Sunday. Gates will open at 4:30 p.m.

This year's program celebrates two anniversaries -- WRAL-TV's 50th and the N.C. Symphony's 75th.

Various music selections from the first Pops in the Park telecast, along with pieces arranged by the symphony's founding music director, Lamar Stringfield, will be featured in this year's free event. Raleigh soprano Rozlyn Sorrell and Greensboro baritone Leonard Rowe will join the symphony for the performance.

WRAL anchor Bill Leslie will host and narrate the concert, which will end with Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture," complete with fireworks launched over Symphony Lake in Regency Park.

An afternoon performance by the Raleigh Jazz Orchestra begins at 5 p.m. to entertain early arrivals. United Arts of Wake County and Visual Art Exchange also will turn the sidewalks into art, and chalk pastels will be available for people of all ages to create an art display for all to enjoy.

Concert-goers are encouraged to bring blankets, lawn chairs and a picnic. Food will also be available at the amphitheatre.

WRAL will broadcast Pops in the Park at 7 p.m. Monday, and UNC-TV will broadcast the program at 8 p.m. Sept. 14.

WRAL's Pops in the Park is sponsored by Cadillac, Chick-Fil-A, Fred Anderson Toyota, Geico, Leith Imports and local Toyota dealers. The broadcast is sponsored by Barton College and GlaxoSmithKline.