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Summer’s End

Wednesday, September 7, 2011 @ 11:09 AM Karen Hood

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On the Saturday before Labor Day, the weather was ideal for outdoor activities. The Spokane Symphony, conducted by Eckart Preu, performed a free concert from 6-8 p.m. in the open-air ampitheater at Pavilion Park in Liberty Lake.

The annual celebration, which was also the 10th anniversary of the incorporation of Liberty Lake as a city, had something for everyone. Many people drove over from the nearby golf course and remained in their golf carts as an alternative form of seating. We also saw that a number of them used their golf carts for a sort of modified tailgate party and picnic. By evening, blankets and lawn chairs covered the grass.

The concert began by bringing everyone to their feet for the “Star-Spangled Banner.” This patriotic opening was followed by a wide variety of musical arrangements from the Overture to Russlan and Ludmilla to ragtime numbers and a “Symphonic Portrait of Irving Berlin.” The kids commented most on the arrangement of Michael Jackson’s Thriller.

Sandwiches and chips tasted even better than usual with such a melodious accompaniment and fresh community atmosphere. The city of Liberty Lake provided free slices of chocolate cake for dessert to everyone in attendance.

Pavilion Park is a truly wonderful retreat for the citizens of this lakeside suburb. Walkways wind through the shady trees encircling the open-air theater. A baseball diamond and soccer field are located above and back from the stage. Playground toys and restrooms are conveniently available in this idyllic park setting. This park is a community-building gift to the people of Liberty Lake. Throughout the summer, there are many events hosted at the park, including movies after dark. For a full list of these events, visit the Pavilion Park website at

Great classical music like that performed by the Spokane Symphony is not usually available to everyone in a community, so this was a fantastic opportunity for the general public to enjoy. This evening was a welcome and relaxing way to end the summer holiday. Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture brought a dramatic close to this outdoor celebration, and was very fitting for the end of summer and the beginning of the Spokane Symphony’s 2011 season.

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