The event, sponsored by the town, Hiremath Family Dentistry, the Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf and Tennis Resort and Merrill Lynch, is expected to draw up to 6,000 people.
Presented by the Greater Oro Valley Arts Council, "Independence Day Concert" features the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and the Pusch Ridge Community Chorus performing a variety of patriotic music throughout the evening.
Prior to the concert, the TSO and the Civic Orchestra of Tucson will showcase its "Children's Musical Instrument Petting Zoo," giving kids the opportunity to play and learn about a variety of the orchestra's instruments prior to their performance.
Concertgoers can bring picnic food items. Members of the Oro Valley Bobbysox League will serve concessions like snow cones, ice cream, drinks and snacks.
The show, which begins at 7:30 p.m., is divided into two parts, paying homage to both the musical traditions of Arizona and the nation though orchestral and acappella pieces.
The first act, "Celebrate Arizona," will feature selected works from Ferde Grofe's "Grand Canyon Suite," a medley of Arizona college fight songs, Bernstein's theme from "The Magnificent Seven," and a variety of other classic film and television scores celebrating the spirit of the Old West, GOVAC Program Supervisor Eric Collignon says.
Following, in the second act, "Celebrate America," will include patriotic renditions of Irving Berlin's "America," Aaron Copland's "Hoe Down From Rodeo," selected works from John Williams' "The Patriot" score and other classic Americana choral and orchestral pieces.
At its finale, the concert will be illuminated with fireworks from the Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf and Tennis Resort, 10,000 N. Oracle Road, synchronized with the final performance of the evening, Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture."
Along with the festivities, 94.9 MIX-FM will broadcast the concert live.
In the event of a rainout or restrictions on fireworks, the concert will continue despite outdoor seating.
"Last year we saw only 3,000 people without fireworks … the year before, there was 6,000 with the fireworks," Collignon says. "Needless to say, we are glad [the fireworks] are back and hoping we can keep them around."
While parking will be available along Lambert Lane, GOVAC has arranged for free shuttle buses, running from 5 p.m., to pick-up and drop-off patrons at the Home Depot parking lot at First Avenue and Oracle Road and the Fry's Food and Drug Store parking lot at Lambert Lane and La Canada Drive. Parking will be permitted along Lambert Lane, however, drivers exiting from those spots will not be allowed to make U-turns along the road.
Concertgoers with handicapped plates or placards will be the only entrants allowed to park in spaces at the park.
While the concert and pre-concert activities are free, representatives from the Community Food Bank will be on hand to collect donations of non-perishable food items. GOVAC is asking all concertgoers to donate at least one canned-food item upon entry for the performance.
For more information about the event, call GOVAC at 797-3959.