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May 31, 2012

Sweet sounds at the park

Honor Heights hosts ‘Skyline’ concert, Symphony in the Park

Music will flow from the hill and valley of Honor Heights Park this weekend.

The park will host two concerts of different styles, in two places, tonight and Saturday.

Fans of bluegrass, folk and calm hilltop breezes can enjoy the Muskogee “Skyline” Bluegrass and Folk Concert tonight at the park’s Rainbow Amphitheater.

Saturday, the Muskogee Community Band headlines the annual Bank of Oklahoma Symphony in the Park. This year’s concert explores “The Wonderful World of Show Tunes.”

Both events are free.

The weather could be a highlight of tonight’s concert, said Joel Everett, special projects coordinator for Muskogee Parks and Recreation.

“May has such pretty weather, and we have such a great built-in amphitheater,” Everett said.

The Muskogee bluegrass band SpringStreet will perform along with Gypsy Twang, a folk and country band from Bixby. The concert is sponosored by the Muskogee Parks and Recreation Department and Hughes Lumber Co. with a grant from the Muskogee Area Arts Council

SpringStreet banjo player Mike Williams said people can expect “a good mix of bluegrass and gospel.”

The amphitheater seats about 300. Everett said people should bring lawn chairs.

“The Wonderful World of Show Tunes” on Saturday will feature tunes from movies and Broadway, including such musicals as “Chicago” and “The Music Man,” said Jerry Huffer, Muskogee Community Band director.

The band also will include hits from Duke Ellington and Henry Mancini, as well as the final passage from Antonin Dvorak’s “New World Symphony.”

“This is truly a community effort,” Everett said. “Sadler Arts Academy will sell hot dog plates with chips and drinks for $5, Muskogee High School Band Boosters will sell light sticks and snow cones. Muskogee Arts Council will sell its guitar books.”

An auction of specially-painted banners will be held during intermission. The banners were painted by area artists including Jim Eaton, Tom Alford, Sonya Kadlec and Monica  Brown.

Everett said he is especially impressed with a banner featuring Beethoven.

Tahlequah artist Monica Brown said she painted that banner under the influence of the master’s music.

“That’s what I listen to when I paint,” Brown said. “I do love classical music, Beethoven and Mozart.”

Reach Cathy Spaulding at (918) 684-2928 or cspaulding@muskogeephoenix.com.

If you go

WHAT: Muskogee “Skyline” Bluegrass and Folk Concert.

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. tonight.

WHERE: Rainbow Amphitheater, Honor Heights Park.

COST: Free.

FEATURES: SpringStreet and Gypsy Twang.

•   •   •

WHAT: Bank of Oklahoma Symphony in the Park.

THEME: The Wonderful World of Show Tunes.

WHEN: 7 p.m. Saturday.

WHERE: Honor Heights Park.

COST: Free.

FEATURES: Muskogee Community Band.

 

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