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Portland Festival Symphony performs free concerts in Portland parks

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The Portland Festival Symphony is filling Portland parks with beautiful music for the 35th straight summer.

The Portland Festival Symphony's next free summer concert is 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2 at Peninsula Park in north Portland.

There will be two more shows the following weekend, first at 6 p.m. Aug. 8 at U.S. Grant Park in northeast Portland and then at 6 p.m. Aug. 9 at Washington Park.

The free concerts are funded by a donation from the Neil Kelly Company, with support also coming from local companies, foundations, government grants and the public.

This summer's repertoire led by Maestro Lajos Balogh includes Bartok, Beethoven, Mozart and more. There is also a special piece in which children may participate, the Toy Symphony by Joseph Haydn.

The Portland Festival Symphony said the concerts have become a summer tradition for families who want to introduce their children to "the mind-expanding world of music while having fun in a natural park setting."

"Opportunities for children to play an instrument and 'be a part of' the concerts make the concert series a big hit with parents and grandparents," according to a Portland Festival Symphony release.

The series began with two free performances at Washington Park in 1981 and it has grown into an annual summer series with free concerts in six parks totaling more than 155 performances. The concerts have attracted more than 400,000 people over the years.

For more information, go to portlandfestivalsymphony.org.

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