The free summer Concerts in the Park series at Brookings’ Azalea Park kicks off Sunday, May 27, with the region’s own Wild Rivers Symphony playing traditional and contemporary music.

“What better way to begin the season then celebrating the talents of musicians right here in our community,” said Scott Graves, a board member of the American Music Festival nonprofit organization.

Music fans are welcome to bring blankets and lawn chairs to the park’s amphitheater to enjoy the concert. The snack shack, operated by the Rotary Club of Brookings-Harbor, will offer hot dogs, hamburgers, nachos and beverages.

The orchestra, formerly known as the Curry-Del Norte Orchestra, is comprised of more than 50 musicians from the community under the direction of Daniel Sedgwick. More information about the orchestra can be found at www.wildriverssymphony.org.

The first half of the show will feature classical music selections such as Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue,” featuring concert pianist Christy Dolan, “The Planets“ by Gustav Holst, and John Williams’ “Olympic Fanfare.”

The second half of the show is titled “Video Games Live” and will feature music from the video games “Advent Rising,” “Civilization IV,” “Bounty Hunter,” “Kingdom of Hearts,” “Super Mario Bros.” and “Final Fantasy VII.”

In case of bad weather, the concert will move indoors to Kalmiopsis Elementary School at 650 Easy St., in Brookings.

Information and videos about the bands performing in the series can be found at the American Music Festival’s Facebook page.

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