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Friday's Rains Force Symphony To Cancel First SummerFest Performance

Posted June 2, 2001 1:12 a.m. EDT

— Friday's severe weather brought significant flooding to Cary's new Amphitheatre at Regency Park, causing officials to postpone Saturday's scheduled North Carolina Symphony SummerFest series opening concert until next Saturday, June 9. Tickets for this Saturday's event will be honored next week.

High winds and torrential rains pushed Symphony Lake well over its banks and onto adjacent public areas including the surrounding greenway, making it unsafe for the large crowd that was expected to attend tonight's opening concert of the new facility and the annual SummerFest concert series.

"We're obviously disappointed about tonight, but safety has to be our top priority," said Mary Barry, the town's director of Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources.

"We want to encourage folks to come out next Saturday night for a terrific opening and a wonderful concert with the symphony and special guest Mike Cross," said Barry.

The new Amphitheatre at Regency Park will accommodate 7,000-10,000 patrons.

"From the beginning, our goal has been to design and construct a new facility that offers a first class entertainment experience within and complementing the natural setting that Regency fans have come to love," said Barry. "There's no question that we've been able to do that, and we're very excited about being able to show it off."