Festival on the Green 2014 this Weekend in Muncie

By Heather Collins

MUNCIE, INDIANA (NEWS) - The director of downtown development walks into a instrument petting zoo dressed as Cher circa 1972. It’s not a joke, Muncie folks. It’s just one of the many wonderful things that can be seen and heard at this year’s Festival on the Green by the Muncie Symphony Orchestra.

Festival on the Green will be held at the Ball State Arts Terrace this coming Saturday, June 14th. The event is free, and parking is free on Saturdays in all Ball State University parking garages, and all red, yellow and green parking lots.

The theme for the evening is beach party!

During the event, the Muncie Symphony Orchestra will host the Super Conductor Contest. The Super Conductor Contest is an annual fun contest where the community votes on three contestants to win an opportunity to conduct the Muncie Symphony Orchestra at the Festival on the Green.

This year’s candidates are Cheryl Crowder, Events Director of Downtown Development Partnership, Steve Lindell, Vice President/Director of Operations for Woof Boom Radio and George Branam, MD, Pathologist, IU BMH. The community can still vote their favorite candidate up until the symphony intermission on Saturday.

Cheryl Crowder feels humbled by the nomination for Super Conductor. Crowder said she has her disco ball all ready to go and is hoping to achieve a very Cher circa 1972 ensemble for the event. Drag performer Gary Martin, as well as, Lisa Love, owner of Muncie Ballet Studio, are helping the lovely downtown diva find just the right look for the event.

Crowder said if she wins she is prepared to give an all out funk conduction of “A Fifth of Beethoven” while sending a hearty thanks and much to all that supported the effort.

Crowder believes it is important for people of all walks of life to be involved with the symphony.

“Like all music, the symphony has the power to move you and experience the beauty of what we can do when we work in harmony. Having a professional symphony orchestra in a town of our size is virtually unheard of,” said Crowder. “We have quite a little gem here and need to support them so they can continue to inspire us!”

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with the Muncie Symphony Orchestra Picnic Contest. Family, individual, and group picnic contest entries are welcome. Following the picnic contest, there will be a MACC Arts Fair featuring art displays, vendor booths, an instrument petting zoo, children’s activities, mini-performances, and door prizes. Prizes will be awarded for most creative picnic, best use of the beach theme and people’s choice. Participating picnics can register between 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the registration tent, winner’s will be announced during the concert intermission. Participants are encouraged to let their imagination run loose and be creative with the beach theme for the evening.

The Arts Fair will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. During the Arts Fair, attendees can walk around and enjoy the displayed artwork, see performances, sign-up for door prizes and visit with artisans and other organizations. Artisans and arts and culture organizations were able to obtain booth and activity space at no cost.

The Festival on the Green concert will begin at 7 p.m. The Muncie Symphony Orchestra will perform beachy symphonic tunes including Summer Skies (Anderson), Summer from Four Seasons (Vivaldi), Showboat (Kern), Under the Sea from The Little Mermaid (Menken/arr. Custer), a Beach Boys Medley (arr. Custer) and more.

The Festival on the Green is presented by the Muncie Symphony Orchestra and Muncie Arts and Culture Council and is supported by the Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County, Philly C. and Hamer D. Shafer Foundation and Indiana Arts Commission.

For more information, visit munciesymphony.org


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