June 27, 2015
Tell your friends:
Free and open to the public since 1973.
Summer Symphony was created in 1973 with leadership from mayor Andy Marshall, vice mayor Leon Young, and councilman Fred Sondermann, not to mention Bee Vradenburg and Charles Ansbacher. Never—not before or since—did our community experience such enormous gatherings for the sheer joy of great music and sharing time in summer evenings. Everyone was invited free of charge, and without regard to economic means or social standing. In its heyday, Summer Symphony drew crowds of thousands at every event, with police department estimates higher than 80,000 attending annually at Memorial Park.
In the past, the City of Colorado Springs shouldered the entire funding load, but that level of support proved to be unsustainable. In 1997, Summer Symphony was scaled back to just one annual concert in Memorial Park on July 4. Further cuts in 2009 put the program on indefinite hold.
In 2013, for the first time in more than a decade, the parks of our region played host to a series of free summer performances of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic. Continuing today, this fresh concert performance series celebrates and connects community around our area parks, enlivens summer nights, and makes an immeasurable economic impact.
Just like our many parks, the Colorado Springs Philharmonic is a community treasure. By combining forces, we’ll join as a community for evenings of creativity, entertainment, and fireworks under starlit Colorado skies.
2014 Summer Symphony concerts:
Independence Day at Memorial Park, July 4
Rewind: Music of the 80s at Bear Creek Regional Park, July 12