Village To Host Free Orchestra Concert July 3rd

Village To Host Free Orchestra Concert July 3rd
Posted on 06/17/2011

Orland Park's Centennial Park West, in the Colette Highlands Subdivision, will debut to the sounds of beautiful music. On Sunday, July 3rd, the Village of Orland Park will host a free concert at the 12-acre park featuring The City Lights Orchestra performing from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

The evening's fare will include a 45-piece orchestra with three to four vocalists, strings, winds, brass and percussion. The repertoire is "Americana," with great popular music from the past 80 years from John Philip Sousa, Glenn Miller, Aretha Franklin and Frankie Vali.

"Centennial Park West is one of the newest additions to the village's park system," said Orland Park Mayor Dan McLaughlin. "It's a beautiful setting for an outdoor concert as we celebrate our nation's birth," the mayor added.

Rich Daniels is the musical director of The City Lights Orchestra, which has performed across the country. Over the years, Daniels and the orchestra have appeared with some of the greatest names in show business, including Ray Charles, Mel Torme, Burt Bacharach, Dionne Warwick, Dennis DeYoung, The Four Tops, Smokey Robinson and more.

Cooper's Hawk Winery and Restaurant and Spaceco are co-sponsoring the show. Cooper's Hawk will have staff on site selling wine and snack items. Attendees are encouraged to bring picnics, blankets and lawn chairs.

Free parking for the July 3rd concert will be within easy walking distance at the adjacent Metra parking lot accessible from 108th Avenue, going east on Jillian Road. Centennial Park West is located at Park Station Boulevard and Somerglen Lane, in the Colette Highlands Subdivision near 159th Street and 108th Avenue.

"This concert will be one of the highlights of the holiday weekend with the village's events beginning July 1st, the City Lights Orchestra performing on the 3rd and more music and fireworks on the 4th at our main Centennial Park," McLaughlin said.

Orland Park's Independence Day weekend festivities begin on July 1st at the main Centennial Park, 15600 West Avenue, with a bike parade at 5:30 p.m., pet parade at 6:30 p.m. and the Liberty Family Fun Run and Walk at 7:00 p.m. Orland police and fire personnel will return to the ballfield for the annual Guns ‘N Hoses softball game on July 1st at 7:30 p.m.

Details about these events can be found in the Recreation Department's Spring/Summer Program Guide and on the village's website at

The celebration continues on Monday, July 4th when Johnny Russler and the Beach Bum Band performs tropical rock, reggae, Caribbean and beach music at the main Centennial Park beginning at 7:15 p.m. The Orland-Palos Reber-Tesmond Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #2604 will present colors at 9:15 p.m., followed by fireworks beginning at 9:30 p.m.

"We invite everyone to be a part of Orland Park's many July 4th festivities," McLaughlin said.
For more information, call the village's Recreation Department at 708/403-7275.