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2007 Media Releases


Date:
March 7, 2007
For More Information Contact:
Dave Norris, Citizen Information Center, 441-7547
Barbara Zach, Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra, 476-2211
Chris Peters, Lincoln Jaycees, 434-8900
Jerry Shorney, Parks and Recreation, 441-8259


MAYOR ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR UNCLE SAM JAM 2007 AT OAK LAKE PARK
City’s annual 4th of July celebration to again feature live symphony performance

Mayor Coleen J. Seng announced today that the City’s annual 4th of July Celebration – Uncle Sam Jam 2007 – will return to Oak Lake Park and will once again feature a live performance by Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra (LSO) choreographed to the Zambelli Internationale fireworks display. Mayor Seng was joined at a news conference today by LSO Music Director Maestro Edward Polochick, LSO Executive Director Barbara Zach, as well as officials from Broadcast House and the Lincoln Jaycees.

“I am very excited to announce that the City will once again be partnering with Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra for our celebration,” said Mayor Seng. “Last year’s Independence Day celebration was a tremendous success as we teamed up with the Symphony, Broadcast House and our longtime 4th of July partner, the Lincoln Jaycees, to produce an event that raised our celebration to a whole new level.”

The Uncle Sam Jam concert will kick off LSO’s 81st season. “It has long been my dream to perform a free outdoor concert that includes and welcomes all citizens of Lincoln, and last year’s Uncle Sam Jam exceeded all of my expectations,” said Polochick. “I am proud to call Lincoln my second home, and I cannot think of a better way to celebrate with my Lincoln family than by partnering to provide this free community concert to Lincoln again in 2007.” Polochick said that the concert will include popular patriotic music including “Fanfare for the Common Man,” “1812 Overture” and “Stars and Stripes Forever.”

“The stations of Broadcast House are thrilled to support the City of Lincoln’s annual 4th of July celebration,” said Mark Halverson, Broadcast House General Manager. “Last year’s event, with the addition of the live performance to the fireworks by Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra, was a spectacular showcase event. We were honored to broadcast that performance on all four of our radio stations. On behalf of NewsTalk 1400 KLIN, B107.3, Froggy 98 and LINC-FM, we are once again thrilled to be part of this year’s celebration.”

“The Lincoln Jaycees are excited to work again with the City of Lincoln, Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra, Broadcast House and all others involved in the partnership,” said Lincoln Jaycees President Chris Peters. “We hope to make this an even better celebration than last year’s precedent-setting event.”

Pepsi-Cola of Lincoln has again agreed to underwrite the City’s cost for the Zambelli Internationale fireworks display. Other plans and specific activities for the City’s 4th of July celebration will be announced in June.


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