Ben Wade, the Susanville Symphony’s artistic director and conductor, offers a toast during a previous Symphony on the Green concert. File photo

Susanville Symphony hosts annual Concert on the Green

Ah, there’s nothing quite like a cool evening on the lawn in front of the historic Lassen County Courthouse, a glass of wine, some tasty snacks and an opportunity to enjoy an evening of classical music in the open air with friends and family.

Ben Wade, the Susanville Symphony’s artistic director and the orchestra’s conductor invites the community to the Symphony on the Green, one of the symphony’s most popular concerts, at 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21.

This year’s concert features an appearance by legendary rock drummer Tony Savage who joins the rest of the orchestra to kick off the season.

Savage has been hailed as one of the world’s greatest rock drummers. After his acceptance speech into the Hall of Fame, Englebert Humperdinck cited Savage as the best musician he had ever had the privilege of working with.

And the ever-popular Phil Fetterman returns for an encore performance of Elvis Presley’s “I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You.” Fetterman sang this piece to a standing ovation in last year’s Pops Concert.

On the classical side, the symphony will perform the entire “Camren Suite” by Bizet.

“A powerhouse lineup is slated for every age group and every genre,” Wade said. “Come bring the entire family! This year every child under 16 is free! That’s right — free to promote the healthiest, most family friendly concert the Susanville Symphony has ever brought to Lassen County.

And Wade reminded concertgoers to bring their own tables, chairs and refreshments.

“The atmosphere is always festive and concertgoers are encouraged to bring their own tables and chairs, picnic blankets, baskets of food wine and whatever else suits their fancy,” Wade said. “Prizes and gift baskets are always awarded for the best dressed table.”

For tickets or more information, stop by Margie’s Book Nook, Axia Home Loans or call 310-8111.