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Austin Symphony does big band favorites

Staff Writer
Austin 360

For the 10th year, the Hartman Foundation is sponsoring free Sunday night concerts "in the park." The series, which features a different ensemble from the Austin Symphony Orchestra each week, now takes place on the lawn in front of the Long Center's City Terrace, and audience members are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner. Tonight's concert has a big band theme. Songs on the program include Cole Porter's "You Do Something to Me," "New York New York," "Makin' Whooppee" and "Sweet Georgia Brown." It's world-class music in a world-class and beautiful setting.

The music starts at 7:30 p.m. Sunday night. Parking is $7 in the Palmer Auditorium Garage, with some free parking available at One Texas Center at Barton Springs Road and South First Street. The Long Center is at 701 W. Riverside Drive.

No concert on July 1 (the symphony has its Fourth of July concert and fireworks that week on Wednesday, also at the Long Center); the series picks up again with July 8's strings concert. The free shows continue through Aug. 26. Details: 476-6064,

- Sharon Chapman