Free symphony concert is May 5

Symphony on the Square, a free concert by the Knoxville Symphony Chamber Orchestra takes place on the Bill Lyons Pavilion stage in Market Square Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be held at the Bijou Theatre, 803 S. Gay Street.

KSO Resident Conductor Maestro James Fellenbaum leads the Knoxville Symphony Chamber Orchestra in an outdoor concert of light pops for Symphony on the Square, including classics from Mozart and Strauss on the first half of the program, and music of Broadway from Gershwin, Berlin and Mel Brooks on the second half.

“This free concert provides the opportunity to showcase the Knoxville Symphony Chamber Orchestra in a relaxed atmosphere and give the gift of music to our community,” Knoxville Symphony Orchestra Executive Director Rachel Ford said. “We appreciate Home Federal Bank’s continued support that makes this free concert possible.”

Patrons are encouraged to arrive early and bring blankets and/or chairs to enjoy the popular concert. Concert goers can also bring picnic dinners or pick up food at one of the many downtown restaurants. Convenient parking is free for those arriving after 6 p.m. in the city-owned Market Square, Locust Street and State Street garages.

The event kicks off the City of Knoxville’s Concerts on the Square series, which includes free concerts on Market Square. Jazz Tuesdays run from May 3 through Aug. 30 and Variety Thursdays run from May 5 through June 30, 2016.