Free symphony concert on July 4

Adam Flatt conducts the Newport Symphony Orchestra at the Ocean during a previous Fourth of July concert at Newport Middle School. This year’s free concert is at 4 p.m. on Thursday, July 4. (News-Times file photo)

It's a Newport all-American tradition, and it returns when the Newport Symphony Orchestra at the Ocean presents its annual free Fourth of July community concert at 4 p.m. at the Newport Middle School, located at 825 NE Seventh St.

Music Director and Maestro Adam Flatt will present a rousing concert including Aaron Copland's “Fanfare for the Common Man,” John Philip Souza's “Liberty Bell,” Woody Guthrie's “This Land is Your Land,” George M. Cohan's “Star Spangled Spectacular,” a Mary Poppins Medley and much more. The orchestra will also salute the armed forces.

Once again, the July 4 concert will be preceded by an old-fashioned barbecue from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Newport Middle School Commons. Come early and enjoy food provided by Pat E. Mac's BBQ. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children.

The Newport Symphony's summer season concludes on Saturday, July 13, and Sunday, July 14, when Flatt conducts the orchestra with internationally-known singer Halie Loren. Her repertoire will feature songs old and new, including “Summertime,” “Sway,” and “Blue Skies,” plus her own compositions “Danger in Loving You,” “Butterfly” and “In Time.”

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 13, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 14. Tickets for reserved seats are $28 (plus fees) for adults and $10 for students. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit Tickets are also on sale at the Newport Performing Arts Center Box Office, 777 W Olive St., and they can be purchased by phone at 541-265-2787.

The 2019 Newport Symphony Summer Season is sponsored Georgia-Pacific, Oregon Coast Bank and Rogue Ales.