Symphony in the Historic District

Free Outdoor Concert

May the Fourth be with you! May 4, that is, when the Folsom Lake Symphony’s free open-air concert, Symphony in the Historic District, will feature a Star Wars tribute. The evening’s program of classic show tunes includes music from John Williams’ iconic Star Wars score and special guests from the Star Wars 501st Legion, Central California Garrison, an “organization dedicated to celebrating the Star Wars universe” through character costumes. The concert begins at 7 p.m. at the Folsom Historic District Amphitheater near the Folsom Railroad Museum.

The Folsom appearance is second of two free outdoor programs the symphony performs each year, following a September concert in El Dorado Hills.

The May 4 lineup features:

  • George Gershwin’s Girl Crazy overture: Composed as a 1930 western-themed musical featuring Ethel Merman in her stage debut. Gershwin conducted the orchestra for the premier, with Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Jimmy Dorsey and Gene Krupa among the players.
  • Lee Norris’ arrangement of Here Come the Bands. Selections include “In the Mood,” “Begin the Beguine,” “Moonlight Serenade,” “Sing, Sing, Sing.” Lee Norris is know for her work on the 1963 movie He Makes Me Feel Like Dancin’.
  • Jerome Kern’s Show Boat overture: From the 1927 musical first produced by Florenz Ziegfeld. Paul Robeson’s deep, mellow version of the beloved “Ol’ Man River” was listed as No. 24 of the American Film Institute’s top 100 songs in American Cinema.
  • Henry Mancini’s Pink Panther. Written in 1963 as the distinctive theme for the film The Pink Panther. The music was nominated in 1964 for the Oscar for best original score. As a single, the tune won three Grammys.
  • Jule Styne’s Gypsy overture: Written for the 1959 musical based on the memoirs of striptease artist Gypsy Rose Lee. With such tunes as “Everything’s Coming up Roses” and “Let Me Entertain You,” several critics have anointed Gypsy America’s greatest musical. It was nominated for or won many theater awards, including Best Revival of a Musical in 2015.
  • Lalo Schifrin’s Mission: Impossible: The rhythmic theme of the hit TV series, which ran from 1966 to 1973. The work has since appeared in additional TV and film series and video games. The 1960’s version is considered on of TV’s greatest theme tunes. The music is written in a 5/4 time signature, thought to have derived from the Morse Code taps for the letters M and I.
  • John Williams’ Star Wars: Including the Imperial March, Princess Leia’s Theme, Throne Room and End Title. John Williams, who has composed most of Steven Spielberg’s scores, has won five Oscars and 24 Grammys among many other awards. His Star Wars music won the Academy Award for Best Original Score in 1977.

The Symphony in the Historic District is free; no assigned seating. Seating area opens at 6pm. Bring your low back beach-style chairs and picnic. The Folsom Historic District Amphitheater is located behind the Folsom Chamber of Commerce at 200 Wool Street, near the Folsom Railroad Museum.

For more information on this concert or the Folsom Lake Symphony, call 916-357-6718 or email

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