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Pops Concert is Swan Song to Summer

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RALEIGH — Labor Day weekend is considered by many to be the unofficial end to those lazy, hazy days of summer. Summer of 1996 will be bid a fond adieu Sunday evening with "Pops in the Park," presented by the North Carolina Symphony on the Meredith College campus. The program is free.

Concert goers are asked to bring blankets and lawn chairs, and a picnic supper if they like. The informal outdoor setting lends itself to those who prefer to hear music surrounded by trees, grass and sky instead of the walls of a concert hall, and to families. In the waning sunlight, infants snooze in their strollers and older kids scamper around until they tire and find their way back to their families' blankets.

The symphony, directed by Gerhardt Zimmerman, will present a series of favorite tunes from Disney movies, along with other pops favorites, starting about 6:30.

The show, however, begins much earlier. Gates open at 4 p.m. and from 4:30 - 6, the audience will hear the Casablanca Jazz Band. That will be followed by some breathtaking figures performed by skydivers from Southern Aerial Skies.

After all the tunes have been played, hummed and probably sung along with, the North Carolina symphony plans a rousing finish: the smashing, booming 1812 Overture by Tschaikovsky. Appropriately enough, its impact will be underscored by another show-stopper -- the glorious spectacle of a fireworks show.

Guaranteed to pep everyone up for packing up the blankets and the picnic baskets and driving home under the stars.

Capitol Broadcasting helps sponsor the program, as part of its community involvement

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