July 26, 2013 Updated: July 26, 2013 at 3:45 pm
Editor's note: This column is one of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic's Summer Symphony Stories. This one was written by Laura Neumann, chief of staff, City of Colorado Springs.
Picture it . the mountains have turned a deep purple and the evening settles like a sigh, signaling that it's time to unwind. Just a few feet away from your blanket, the instruments begin to tune up, then there's a pause. Suddenly, the first notes from the Colorado Springs Philharmonic begin to flow, and a perfect evening has begun. Time to breathe .
These beautiful evenings of family, friendship, and music are what help to make community - and all of life - so rich and rewarding. Ordinary days are made memorable with life's simplest ingredients: families and neighbors chatting, children laughing, senior citizens sharing an ice cream, couples dreaming, the pop of holiday fireworks, and the feel of grass on bare feet - all wrapped in unforgettable music that imprints the moment on our lives forever.
Congratulations to the Colorado Springs Philharmonic on 40 years of making beautiful music in our parks! The incredible talent and dedication of these gifted musicians, directors, singers, and other performers have enriched our lives and community in countless ways. Their harmonies have made us smile, brought us to tears, evoked long-buried memories and transported us to far-flung places. They've caused our spirits to soar and celebrate, and made us more compassionate. Most importantly, they have reminded me and my fellow citizens just how fundamental music, and all of the arts, is to our lives. As City leaders, we especially appreciate how cultural events bring us together, uniting us in the things we enjoy. When these events are free and accessible to everyone, the fun and benefit spreads throughout the community.
Summer Symphony is icing on the orchestral cake, as amazing music and beautiful Colorado weather converge in some of our region's best summer events. This year their lineup has been extraordinary. Fabulous patriotic music, classical masterpieces by American composers, tunes and - hurray! - the music of Journey are all showcased. Our beloved Flying W Wranglers and the Colorado Springs Children's Chorale headlined the June concert, commemorating the one year anniversary of the Waldo Canyon Fire, a party not to be missed.
A huge THANK YOU goes to all of the staff and volunteers whose time and efforts make these events so spectacular. Your hard work is a worthy and valuable investment in our community's life and future.
Dare to explore music in the great outdoors in the coming months! Summer Symphony is the perfect way to get your feet wet with new music while hearing the songs and artists you already love.
"FAITHFULLY: MUSIC OF JOURNEY, FOREIGNER, AND KANSAS"
What: The final concert in the Colorado Springs Philharmonic's Summer Symphonies series
Who: Lead by Thomas Wilson, with lead vocalist John Elefante and the Lionel Young Band
When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: Bear Creek Regional Park, Cresta Road and Argus Drive
Admission: Free; 575-9632, csphilharmonic.org
Something else: Shuttles from Norris Penrose Center (parking $5) start at 5 p.m.; Lionel Young Band at 5:30 p.m.