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18th Annual Independence Day Concert promises to be an evening to remember

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Time to dust off the lawn chairs and make plans to head for the square.

The 18th Annual Independence Day Concert performed by the Northeast Texas Symphony Orchestra begins at 7:45 p.m. on Saturday, June 27.

“We’re very pleased to be bringing the show to the courthouse square again,” said Dwight Corley, president of the Sulphur Springs Symphony League.

The show caps off a two-day Independence Festival that includes an acoustic guitar performance by Edgar and Mark Anthony Cruz on Main Street Friday night at 7:30 p.m.

“We’re sure glad to have all the things going on downtown during the weekend,” Corley said. “The Farmers’ Market and the Friday night show by the Cruz Brothers really add a lot to the festivities.”

For conductor Dr. Douglas Bakenhus, this marks the seventh year he has led the orchestra in “celebrating the birth of our great nation.”

“This event is one of the highlights of my year,” said Bakenhus, director of orchestral studies at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, La.

According to Bakenhus, the orchestra plans to open with Celebration Overture by Richard Rose, one of his colleagues at Northwestern.

However, Bakenhus says the most important work on the program is “the Armed Forces Salute which honors the brave men and women who have served this country.”

Bakenhus plans to close the program with an audience sing-a-long of God Bless America.

The free concert on the square is sponsored by Alliance Bank.

Following the music, the crowd will be treated to a fireworks show sponsored by Sulphur Springs Vision Center and DeHaven Eye Clinic.

Concessions will be available both Friday and Saturday nights. Call 903-885-5614 for more information.







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