Summer Pops Free Music Festival 2011

Symphony Silicon Valley presents its Summer Pops free music festival, five concerts over two weekends, on the Paseo de San Carlos (the grassy area between the Associated Students House and Spartan Complex) at San Jose State University. Enter at South Fourth and East San Carlos streets; parking available nearby.

Bring a picnic, your beach chair or a blanket. The series will include a family night for kids of all ages, a Latin night, Big Band hits, and Hollywood blockbusters. Both Sunday concerts feature free ice cream.

Saturday, July 30 — 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Classics With Attitude: Maestro Peter Jaffe opens the Festival with a mix of light classics including favorites like the eerie “Night on Bald Mountain;” “Carmen Fantasy;” the rhythmic “Bolero;” and the sweeping and picturesque “The Moldau.”

Sunday, July 31 — 5:30pm – 7:00pm

Family Adventure Concert: Family favorites for kids of all ages — from Raiders of the Lost Ark, Pirates of the Caribbean, the bubbly theme from Little Mermaid, and more. Come early to enjoy free ice cream.

Friday, August 5 — 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Noche Caliente: Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca bring hot Latin dance rhythms and smooth world music beats to a special evening of Latin music. Special guests, pyrotechnic San Jose Taiko, open the concert.

Saturday, August 6 — 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Big Band Hits: “Your Hit Parade” brings back the swinging sounds of the 30’s, 40’s & 50’s Big Band hits, with special emphasis on the dance music of the era.

Sunday, August 7 — 5:30pm – 7:00pm

Hooray for Hollywood: A night of Hollywood themes from the movies Gone with the Wind, Dr. Zhivago, Lawrence of Arabia, and James Bond. Come early to enjoy free ice cream.

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