Summer’s End

posted by Dr. James G. Hood
Wednesday, September 7, 2011


On the Saturday before Labor Day, the weather was ideal for outdoor activities. The Spokane Symphony, conducted by Eckart Preu, performed a free concert from 6-8 p.m. in the open-air ampitheater at Pavilion Park in Liberty Lake.

The annual celebration, which was also the 10th anniversary of the incorporation of Liberty Lake as a city, had something for everyone. Many people drove over from the nearby golf course and remained in their golf carts as an alternative form of seating. We also saw that a number of them used their golf carts for a sort of modified tailgate party and picnic. By evening, blankets and lawn chairs covered the grass.

The concert began by bringing everyone to their feet for the “Star-Spangled Banner.” This patriotic opening was followed by a wide variety of musical arrangements from the Overture to Russlan and Ludmilla to ragtime numbers and a “Symphonic Portrait of Irving Berlin.” The kids commented most on the arrangement of Michael Jackson’s Thriller.

Sandwiches and chips tasted even better than usual with such a melodious accompaniment and fresh community atmosphere. The city of Liberty Lake provided free slices of chocolate cake for dessert to everyone in attendance.

Pavilion Park is a truly wonderful retreat for the citizens of this lakeside suburb. Walkways wind through the shady trees encircling the open-air theater. A baseball diamond and soccer field are located above and back from the stage. Playground toys and restrooms are conveniently available in this idyllic park setting. This park is a community-building gift to the people of Liberty Lake. Throughout the summer, there are many events hosted at the park, including movies after dark. For a full list of these events, visit the Pavilion Park website at

Great classical music like that performed by the Spokane Symphony is not usually available to everyone in a community, so this was a fantastic opportunity for the general public to enjoy. This evening was a welcome and relaxing way to end the summer holiday. Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture brought a dramatic close to this outdoor celebration, and was very fitting for the end of summer and the beginning of the Spokane Symphony’s 2011 season.

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