Bayer Symphony Sunday takes a bite from the Big Apple
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The large lawn at the University of Charleston will become a miniature Central Park June 3 when Bayer Symphony Sunday celebrates its 30th year of free music and entertainment with a "New York, New York" theme.
An uptown party on June 1 starts spreading the fun for the annual weekend presented by the West Virginia Symphony League and the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra.
The lights of the city will be the backdrop for the Pinnacle Party, held on the top floor and rooftop patio of the NiSource building, 1700 MacCorkle Ave. SE, from 7 to 11 p.m.
On the evening of June 2, the Manny Balina Show will feature New York, New York songs as diners enjoy a Big Apple menu in a setting reminiscent of Central Park's famous Tavern on the Green.
And on June 3, the afternoon events on the riverside lawn of UC will have a New York flavor with activities, such as Chinatown market and a Times Square parade.
Maestro Grant Cooper will lead the orchestra in a program that includes numbers from "On the Town," jazz pieces and Broadway tunes when the free concert begins at 8 p.m. and concludes with its traditional performance of the "1812 Overture," complete with fireworks.
The June 1 kickoff party, thrown by Symphony Tomorrow and the League, will include DJ Eric Waller, heavy hors d'oeuvres, beer, wine and champagne cocktails. Tickets are $50.
The Central Park dinner under the tent will be from 7 to 11 p.m. June 2, starting with champagne cocktails on the lawn. The menu is New York-inspired with appetizers such as latkes and smoked salmon on bagel chips. There's a Waldorf salad, of course, with entrees of penne a la vodka, filet steaks, oven-baked chicken and shrimp Newburg. New York cheesecake is one of six dessert offerings. Tickets are $100 per person. Tickets for the dinner and the Pinnacle Party may be purchased online at www.wvsymphony.org or by calling Erin Brewster at 304-345-8383.
Symphony Sunday events start at 3 p.m. Here's a schedule of activities for June 3.
3 p.m.: Times Square Children's Costume Parade and Lemonade Reception
3-10:30 p.m.: Food concessions with New York-style pretzels, ribs, funnel cakes, roasted corn and more
3-9:30 p.m.: beer and wine sales
3-5 p.m.: Tea Time in the Garden
3-6 p.m.: Party King inflatables
3-7 p.m.: Free family activities
3-8 p.m.: Artisans' Tent
3-7 p.m.: Chinatown Market with items from Ivor's Trunk
3-7 p.m.: The Book Nook
3-7 p.m.: Musical performances on the main stage and in main tent
8 p.m.: West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Cooper, with a special appearance by 2012 Symphony Idol winner tenor Daniel King, a sophomore at Oberlin Conservatory of Music.
In addition to Bayer, other sponsors for the concert are the city of Charleston, Kanawha County Commission, Mardi Gras Casino & Resort, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC and the University of Charleston.