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Arts & Entertainment - October 8, 2021

Picnic with the Pops

Symphony, teen jazz band presenting free outdoor performance

by By Dolores Fox Ciardelli

Livermore-Amador Symphony and Element 116, a Livermore teen jazz band, invite music lovers to bring picnics and blankets or seats to enjoy a free Pops Concert on the lawn in front of the Bankhead Theater, starting at 3 p.m. Oct. 23.

The symphony, directed by Lara Webber, will play a variety of favorites from stage and screen, from "Star Wars" to "West Side Story" to Duke Ellington to Sousa marches. Element 116, directed by Matt Finders, will perform its musical ensembles.

The Pops Concerts were started in 1982 by the Livermore-Amador Symphony and presented annually for audiences to enjoy light classical symphonic and pops music in a casual setting.

For many years, the venue was the Barn in Livermore, then from 2010-19 Pops Concerts were held in the ballroom of the Robert Livermore Community Center. Themes have varied over the years with Halloween, Broadway hits, the Beatles, outer space, and heroes and villains to name a few.

Last year the concert was canceled because of COVID-19, and this year, with the pandemic lingering, it was decided to hold the event outdoors as an afternoon event.

This is the first time in 39 years that the concert will be alfresco, noted organizers, who also pointed out that many restaurants adjacent to the Bankhead Theater have outdoor seating where the concert could be enjoyed.

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