Friends of Vicksburg National military Park and Campaign is partnering with four Seasons of the Arts, Vicksburg National Military Park and the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra to provide a Pops Concert at no charge on the hallowed grounds of Vicksburg National Military Park to commemorate Memorial Day Weekend. The concert will be Saturday, May 28 at 7:00 p.m. on the grounds of the park in front of the VNMP Visitor Center.
Handicapped parking is available in the VNMP Visitor Center parking lot. Offsite parking is available at the Outlets of Vicksburg with free shuttles running from 5:30 p.m. until the last guest leaves the park.
A special pre-show concert featuring local musicians from the Church of Holy Trinity Conservatory of Fine Arts Student Orchestra will begin at 6:00 p.m.
"Beginning with the success of the Sesquicentennial Concert Series in 2013, we partnered with Friends of VNMP to start an annual Symphony at Sunset in the Vicksburg National Military Park," said Francis Koury with Four Seasons of the Arts. "The pops concert will be a mix of popular and patriotic music. It will be a wonderful way to commemorate Memorial Day in such a special place."
"We want both the community and visitors to bring their lawn chairs and blankets and join us for an evening of music in a truly sacred place. There is something very special about hearing music, especially patriotic music, on hallowed ground. It is the perfect way to honor the men and women who have died in service to our nation," said Bess Averett, Executive Director of Friends of VNMP and Campaign. "We are so pleased to be able to partner with MSO and Four Seasons of the Arts to bring this event to Vicksburg. And we are forever grateful to the dedicated staff of VNMP for supporting and encouraging unique programming like this at our park."
This year celebrates the 100th birthday of the National Park Service. In recognition of the birthday, the concert will include a special tribute to National Parks.
Friends of VNMP and Campaign is grateful for Trustmark National Bank, and generous sponsors from both Friends of VNMP and Campaign and Four Seasons of the Arts to make this event possible for the community.
For more information, you can contact Friends of Vicksburg National Military Park and Campaign at 601-456-0804 or visit www.friendsofvicksburg.org or contact the VNMP at 601-636-0583.