HENNEPIN — The Illinois Valley Symphony Orchestra will be making a special appearance at the Hennepin Fourth of July celebration with a free concert.
The orchestra will be performing on a bandstand set up directly in front of the historic Putnam County Courthouse, which is celebrating 175 years as Illinois’ oldest operating courthouse. An assortment of patriotic music is on the playlist for the day. The concert will begin at 6 p.m.
The concert is free and seating is Ravinia style on the lawn. So lawn chairs, blankets, folding chairs are recommended.
IVSO Conductor Lucia Matos is especially excited about the concert. In June 2013 she became a U.S. citizen, conducted Fox Valley Orchestra on July 4 and is proud to be part of this Fourth of July celebration in Hennepin. The acting concert master, Shuan-Yuan Wange, also recently has become a U.S. citizen. He normally sits principal second violin.
The program will be patriotic and American music and will include the official Illinois state song with Norm Engstrom as vocalist.
The program will be funded in part by the Illinois Arts Council.