NBSO Pops Concert And Fireworks At UMass Dartmouth July 2

NBSO POPS CONCERT AND FIREWORKS AT UMASS DARTMOUTH JULY 2 The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth will hold its 10th annual Independence Day Pops Concert and Fireworks display on Friday July 2nd beginning at 6:00 p.m. Weather permitting the University anticipates a large and enthusiastic audience, estimated at more than 20,000. Ten years ago, UMass Dartmouth and the Town of Dartmouth broke new ground by creating a new community celebration of Independence Day - a spectacular Pops concert by the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra and a wonderful fireworks display. This truly is a unique regional tradition, said Chancellor Jean F. MacCormack. It is my great pleasure to invite every Dartmouth and SouthCoast resident to join us on the UMD campus on the evening of Friday, July 2nd."

The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth will hold its 10th annual Independence Day Pops Concert and Fireworks display on Friday July 2nd beginning at 6:00 p.m. Weather permitting the University anticipates a large and enthusiastic audience, estimated at more than 20,000. 

“Ten years ago, UMass Dartmouth and the Town of Dartmouth broke new ground by creating a new community celebration of Independence Day - a spectacular Pops concert by the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra and a wonderful fireworks display. This truly is a unique regional tradition,” said Chancellor Jean F. MacCormack. “It is my great pleasure to invite every Dartmouth and SouthCoast resident to join us on the UMD campus on the evening of Friday, July 2nd." 

Visitors are encouraged to bring along picnic suppers, lawn chairs, bug spray, and blankets to make themselves comfortable while enjoying this magnificent evening in the campus quadrangle area. The campus will be open all day and guests are invited to arrive anytime after 4:30 p.m. to find the best available seating. Concession stands and venders will have a variety of foods and novelty products available for sale to the public. This community celebration is presented as a family-oriented, alcohol-free event. 

The Sounds of Ashe, a university student-faculty jazz ensemble will leadoff the musical program at 6 p.m. Under the direction of UMD Professor Santi Debriano, Sounds of Ashe features a dynamic collection of Cuban, French Caribbean, and African jazz compositions. In addition to his teaching responsibilities at UMass Dartmouth, Santi Debriano is an accomplished recoding artist and a popular performing musician within the New York Latin-jazz scene. 

At 7:45 p.m. the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra will offer a extraordinary concert of popular music featuring selections from various American and international composers. The grand finale fireworks display is scheduled for approximately 9:30 p.m. to coincide with the playing of the "1812 Overture" and "Stars and Stripes Forever”. 

“This event is free to the public because of the generosity of Colonial Wholesale Beverage, the Town of Dartmouth and the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth,” said Chancellor MacCormack. “For many citizens, this year’s celebration of our freedom as Americans and our independence as a nation takes on additional patriotic meaning.” 

Unlike past years, the University has announced that in the event of inclement weather, the concert and fireworks display will be postponed until a date to be set in September. That announcement will be issued no later than mid-afternoon on July 2nd. Visitors are advised to check the local radio and television stations for information about cancellation because of weather-related problems. Information will also be available by calling the main university telephone number 508 999-8000 and on the university Website at www.umassd.edu. 

UMass Dartmouth is located at 285 Old Westport Rd., North Dartmouth, off interstate 195. Traffic entering and exiting the campus will move in one direction only beginning at 6 p.m. University, state and Dartmouth police will direct exiting traffic, which will be channeled to leave the campus in both directions. Police will close the campus to incoming cars at approximately 9:15 p.m., and parking will be banned along Old Westport Road throughout the entire evening. These precautions will be taken to protect pedestrian safety, and to expedite the flow of traffic after the event, according to public safety officials. 

For additional information contact Paul Vigeant 508-999-9143. 


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