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Searing heat, humidity forcing Symphony concert into Arena

Jul. 18, 2013 @ 03:03 PM

HUNTINGTON — The searing heat and humidity is forcing the Huntington Symphony Orchestra inside for its Saturday concert.

 Hogan Haas, the executive director of the symphony, said the symphony decided to move the concert indoors because of heat advisories (as well as a 70 percent chance of rain) forecast for Saturday.

“Due to the high humidity and heat we felt it would be safer for the patrons and the professional musicians to enjoy the concert in a climate-controlled environment,” Haas said. “There is also a 70 percent chance of rain. If we take a chance out in the rain we might have to cancel the whole thing so we are trying to beat the heat and head inside and enjoy.”

Saturday’s Picnic With the Pops concert, “Bond, Kimo Bond,”  will feature music from such action stars as James Bond, Superman and Spiderman at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 20, at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena.

General admission tickets are $20, a few $40 reserved tickets remain and all tables are sold out. Kids ages 12 and under get in free. Picnic baskets are allowed with any legal beverages (wine/beer, etc.) also allowed. There are also Arena concessions.

Haas said it is a rare but necessary move to bring Picnic with the Pops inside.

“We have done it one other time,” Haas said. “We value our professional musicians and you can imagine trying to sit out in this weather for 2 1/2 hours playing. The humidity really impacts the instruments and it’s too hard to look good when it’s this hot.”

 You can find out more about the concert and the symphony online at www.huntingtonsymphony.org and you can read more about the HSO’s patriotic tribute to nurses and the U.S. Army Nurse Corps at Saturday’s concert in Saturday’s Herald-Dispatch.