Judy Collins performs July 4 at SSU
Singer will be joined by the SR Symphony
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Singer/songwriter Judy Collins, along with the Santa Rosa Symphony, will highlight the Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular on Friday, July 4, Weill Hall at the Green Music Center on the campus of Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park.

The family friendly day will include a kids play zone, offering games and carnival-like attractions, and a post-performance fireworks display over the Sonoma Mountains. This indoor-outdoor concert launches the Summer 2014 MasterCard Performance Series at Weill Hall and Lawn and is the first of 18 concerts scheduled for the venue between July and late September.

Described by The New York Times as an “ageless wild angel of pop, Collins will offer a program featuring patriotic mainstays “America the Beautiful” and “This Land is Your Land,” in addition to fan favorites such as “Over the Rainbow” and “Send in the Clowns.”

She’ll be joined by the GMC's resident orchestra, the Santa Rosa Symphony, led by guest conductor Matthew Garbutt, who for more than 25 years has been Staff Conductor and Principal Summer Pops Conductor of the San Diego Symphony, earning critical acclaim in the United States, Canada, and the Far East for his innovative programming and artistry on the podium.

The 2014-15 season marks the Santa Rosa Symphony’s 87th performance season and its third year as resident orchestra at the Green Music Center. The third oldest professional orchestra in California and the largest regional symphony north of Los Angeles, the orchestra is comprised of 78 musicians from more than 30 different cities in the Bay Area and beyond.

The gates to the GMC grounds open at 4:30 p.m., at which time pre-concert activities begin – food and wine sales, live music and a kid’s play zone. Sonoma County-based jazz group The Dixie Giants lead the live pre-concert entertainment, with a repertoire encompassing New Orleans classics and modern rock in Dixieland style.

Kids 12 and under receive half-price admission for lawn seating.

Following the concert, a fireworks display will take place over the Sonoma Mountains. The 18-minute show is choreographed to music, and produced by Pyro Spectaculars by Souza – one of the nation’s leading fireworks companies, also responsible for the annual Macy’s Fourth of July show in New York City.

Newly expanded dining offerings in 2014 include the premium Dining Terrace, pairing a pre-concert, three-course meal with the outdoor table seats; the opportunity to pre-order boxed meals and small platters from San Francisco's iconic bakery, Boudin; a wide variety of on-site concessions ranging from cheese platters to sandwiches, prize-winning wines to local craft brews; and Prelude Restaurant, featuring chic elegance, a lush open-air patio, and first-rate cuisine.  

Ticket prices begin at $25 for general admission lawn seating, and $35 for premium indoor seats. Ticket purchases can be made online at http://gmc.sonoma.edu or over the phone with the Sonoma State University Box Office at (866) 955-6040. 

Regular business hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  

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