Muncie Symphony Orchestra to host free July 4th concert – Muncie Journal


Through Seth Stegall—

Yorktown, INThe community is invited to celebrate July 4th as the Muncie Symphony Orchestra honors America in a free outdoor concert during the holiday celebrations from Yorktown to Civic Green.

Patriotic Pops, presented by LifeStream Services, will feature several classic songs, including “America the Beautiful” and “1812 Overture,” with select marching bands and marches that celebrate America’s history and heritage. In addition to the instrumental selections, there will be a vocal section of the concert.

Immediately after the concert, spectators are invited to stay for a fireworks display.

Scott Watkins, executive director of the orchestra, said the purpose of the concert was for the community to come together and celebrate freedom, especially after last year.

“We have been locked in our homes for too long, and now is the time to celebrate our freedom in a new way,” Watkins said. “Fireworks and live music help bring people together and unite; our hope is to enrich this experience.

Watkins, who joined MSO in February, said he had seen great unity in Muncie and surrounding communities before.

“I appreciate all of the people in our community who have helped make important connections,” said Watkins. “I am delighted as we continue to evolve and integrate into our community. “

In addition to reaching the community through free summer concerts, Watkins plans to increase the orchestra’s presence in local K-12 music education programs and bring the community together through shared experiences.

MSO’s 2021-2022 season begins September 18 with “The Music of Billy Joel,” starring Broadway singer Michael Cavanaugh. The rest of the season features a mix of pops and classic tunes that Watkins says should offer something for everyone.

“I hope to unite our community through music,” he said. “I hope to improve people’s lives with the gift of music.”

Patriotic Pops will be held from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Civic Green (9400 W. Smith St.) in Yorktown on Sunday, July 4. Participants are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets.

To learn more about the Muncie Symphony Orchestra, visit To pursue Muncie Symphony Orchestra on Facebook for concert updates.

About the Muncie Symphony Orchestra

For over 71 years, the Muncie Symphony Orchestra has strived to entertain, educate and enrich the quality of life in the East Central Indiana community through meaningful and professional musical experiences. The MSO is made up of professional and community musicians from Ball State University, East Central Indiana, Indianapolis, Fort Wayne and Cincinnati. To learn more, visit

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