The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra will host the KSO 32nd Annual Free Pilot Flying J Independence Day Concert on July 4, 2016 on the Performance Lawn at World’s Fair Park at 8:00 p.m. This free, family-friendly concert includes patriotic tributes and a spectacular fireworks finale. Music Director Aram Demirjian (AIR-um Deh-MUR-jun) will conduct the Orchestra in this annual concert as part of the City of Knoxville’s Festival on the Fourth. This concert is free to attend; no tickets are required. Blankets and lawn chairs encouraged.


Enjoy patriotic tunes such as the Star Spangled Banner, Armed Forces Salute and recognizable tunes including “Rocky Top,” “America the Beautiful,” Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, and music from Olympic fanfares in honor of the summer Olympics. View event details here.


“This will be my first appearance as KSO Music Director, and I couldn’t be more excited,” said KSO Music Director Aram Demirjian. “Last January, when I conducted a pair of concerts at the Tennessee Theater, I felt an immediate connection with these incredible musicians and our enthusiastic audience, and I am eager now to introduce myself to the entire Knoxville community. Above all, symphonic music is a source of joy, connection and unity for everyone who plays and listens to it, and I cannot think of a better way to begin our journey together than celebrating our great nation with a free concert at the heart of the city this July 4th.”


The KSO is proud to partner with the City of Knoxville, Pilot Flying J and WBIR-TV for this Independence Day concert. Both the concert and the fireworks display will be live broadcast on WBIR-TV Channel 10. Click here for more information on parking, activities and prohibited items. Those who use the hashtag #KSOJuly4 on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram will be entered to win a pair of Masterworks tickets for the upcoming season! Don’t forget to share your photos with us by tagging @knoxsymphony on social media.