The festivities will begin at 7 p.m. with opening act, Loose Ends. This popular local group has been performing the hits since the ‘60s, with a variety of classic, dance and new music. The 10-piece band features Mike Grimes (guitar & vocals), Blake Browning (drums & vocals), Tim Benton (keyboards & vocals), and Robbie Harkrider (sax) of Conway; Jan Bishop (vocals) and Mel White (keyboards & trumpet) of Little Rock, Doug Nielsen (bass & vocals) of Benton, Fran Allbritton (trumpet) of Romance, Craig Grubbs (trombone) of Rosebud, and Robin Ratliff (sax) of Heber Springs.
Next, the Conway Symphony will take the stage for a free community concert, the final performance of their 25th Anniversary Season. With 60+ musicians and a professional sound system by Solid Rock Audio, listeners can enjoy rousing musical fare from across the park. Music Director and Conductor Israel Getzov has chosen selections the whole family will enjoy, including Broadway and movie scores in addition to the familiar patriotic tunes.
“We’ll salute our state’s history with Arkansas Traveler,” said Getzov. “And we’ll end the program and usher in the fireworks with Stars and Stripes Forever.”
The evening will also include remarks from Mayor Tab Townsell, an honor guard from the Conway Fire Department, and a musical Armed Forces Salute. The evening’s events are a gift to the community from the Conway Symphony Orchestra and the City of Conway. Food and drink are available for purchase.
Chairs or picnic blankets are recommended, and boats may be launched before 4:00 p.m. Once the fireworks begin, cars will not be able to leave the park, due to spectators seated on the road.
Beaverfork Park is located a few miles north of Conway, on Highway 25 (Old Wooster Highway) and is easily accessible from the new I-40 exit #124. In case of rain, Lights Over the Lake will be canceled. Call (501) 513-3591 for rainout decision, or (501) 269-1066 for more information.
Just completing its 25th season, the Conway Symphony Orchestra exists to create meaningful experiences through performances and education. Originally a joint project of the music departments at Hendrix College and University of Central Arkansas, the CSO roster is composed of both professional and pre-professional musicians. Through the support of corporate and individual donors, the CSO keeps tickets affordable, making the enjoyment of classical and popular music available to the entire community.