The annual Knox-Galesburg Symphony “Concert on the Lawn” will be held at 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 2, on the South Lawn of Old Main. This FREE concert, now in its 27th year, has become an annual tradition for many. As an outdoor, informal concert, it’s fun for the whole family and a great way for children to get a closer look at all the instruments and musicians of the orchestra. So bring your lawn chairs, get a cold drink at the concession stand, and prepare to relax while listening to some wonderful music.
This year’s program will highlight fourteen-year-old clarinetist Torin Bakke, the 2012 winner of the Midwest Young Artists (MYA) Junior Concerto Competition and a finalist in the 2012 International Clarinet Association’s High School Soloist Competition. Bakke recently appeared with his trio “The Triumvirate” on WFMT’s Introductions and soloed with the Oistrach Symphony Orchestra as the clarinet category winner of the 2012 DePaul Concerto Festival. Additionally, he has been selected principal clarinet of the IMEA Junior Ensemble, and a participant in the JKO Junior Klezmer Band.
In addition to Bakke, this year’s “Concert on the Lawn” will feature popular selections requested by previous audiences, including “Over the Rainbow,” Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever,” Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture,” “Streamliner” by local composer Dan Godsil, Bruce Polay’s arrangement of “The Knox Hymn,” and music from “Chicago” among other favorites.