Music to our ears at Symphony Sunday

TOM HINDMAN/DAILY MAIL Bayer Renaissance Sunday on the University of Charleston campus brought out a big and appreciative crowd.
TOM HINDMAN/DAILY MAIL Boats scattered across the Kanawha River for the Bayer Renaissance Sympphony Sunday.
TOM HINDMAN/DAILY MAIL Roy and Carolyn Davis were listening in style at the Renaissance Symphony Sunday. The couple are from Kanawha City and have come to all the Sunday Symphonies.
TOM HINDMAN/DAILY MAIL Abby Abdalla sat in the shade of a tree and enjoyed not one, but two ears of corn. She said, “They are so good.”
TOM HINDMAN/DAILY MAIL The West Virginia Symphony performed at Bayer Renaissance Sunday on the University of Charleston campus.

It was a beautiful day for lounging in the sun and enjoying the music during Symphony Sunday on the lawn at the University of Charleston.

This year’s “Renaissance” theme had volunteers mingling in the crowds in their best “olde” garb. Robin Hood was seen among the crowd taking donations to benefit the symphony.

Boaters took advantage of the good weather and parked their vessels in the Kanawha River near the university lawn to enjoy the water and the symphony.

Vendors from around the area sold books, ice cream, handmade jewelry and art, and kabobs. Abby Abdalla enjoyed roasted corn from one of the vendors on the grass.

It was a full day of food, drink, crafts and other activities but the music, as always, was the star of the day.

The artisan tent featured smaller acts such as the Almost Angels Quartet, Mountain State Brass Quintet, Kanawha Kordmen Quartet and Celtic Jam from FOOTMAD.

Among the musical acts on the main stage were the Mountain State Brass Band, the Charleston Metro Band, the Kanawha Valley Pipe and Drum Band and the West Virginia Youth Symphony, a string ensemble of which seen here during their afternoon performance.

The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra closed the event with a free concert beginning at 8 p.m.

The event, sponsored by Bayer CropScience and the West Virginia Symphony League with help from the City of Charleston, Kanawha County Commission, Steptoe & Johnson and Charleston Area Medical Center, ended with fireworks.

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