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Shreveport Symphony to be Featured in Televised July 4th Virtual Orchestra Concert

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10, 2020, SHREVEPORT, LAThe Shreveport Symphony Orchestra (SSO) will headline the 11th annual Freedom Fest Finale, airing on KTBS Channel 3 on July 4, 2020. Also live-streamed via the station's website and broadcast on partner station KPXJ-CW21, their virtual concert will precede live coverage of fireworks from eight locations across the ArkLaTex, including Natchitoches, Texarkana, Ruston and several sites in Shreveport and Bossier City.

In partnership with KTBS, the SSO is producing and editing performances of seven patriotic orchestral favorites, including America the Beautiful, Stars and Stripes Forever, and God Bless America, which will also feature over 40 singers from the Centenary College Choir. 

Due to ongoing restrictions because of the coronavirus pandemic, all musicians and singers recorded their individual parts in their homes. Their contributions are being compiled to produce a "virtual orchestra" performance for the community.

SSO Music Director Michael Butterman remarked, "We are thrilled to be part of this unique celebration. A time like this demands creative approaches, and I am grateful to KTBS for the opportunity to continue to share music with our community in this way."

KTBS station manager, George Sirven states, "This year we will come together in a way like never before to honor our faith, find hope in the future, and celebrate our patriotism. This event is one that will do so safely and inspire our community for better days to come."

Freedom Fest Finale comes roughly a month after Butterman created participatory experiences for attendees at a series of downtown drive-in movies sponsored by the Shreveport Downtown Development Authority. Movie-goers downloaded sound files to their cellphones to play while three members of the symphony presented a newly written composition from the stage. Later, attendees honked their horns on cue as part of what we believe to be the first-ever "Car Horn Symphony."
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About the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra 
Since its founding in 1948, the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra (SSO) has become Louisiana's oldest continually operating professional orchestra and one of the most respected regional orchestras in the United States. The SSO's mission is: To Embrace - to embrace the community we serve and to be embraced by the same community; to broaden the level of supporters and their involvement with the orchestra; to work across the region with various arts organizations through cooperation and partnerships. To Enlighten - to educate; to enlighten the senses beyond the norm. To Experience - to provide the unique aesthetic experiences of live orchestral music; to give depth and enriching life; to connect people through music; to foster cultural diversity. To Excel - to foster artistic, organizational, and financial excellence.