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Sunset Symphony

If anyone has a question about the last official event of the Memphis In May Festival, it's The Sunset Symphony, held this weekend, May 25th, at Tom Lee Park. IMO it's coming closer to it's original roots, back to the relationship between those who were raised in the Mississippi River's region and the Father Of Water himself. MIM has dropped the quest for some headlining band which will please all tastes in the audience and pretends to represent the overall heritage of the people attending, ie: the obligatory appearance of the Barkays or someone like that, and will rely more upon the Symphony and talented young Stax Academy musicians to set the tone of spiritual oneness with the River. The original succesful event featured the renown Baritone, James Hyter, whose appearance on stage just as the sun was setting behind the stage elicited an uproar from the huge crowd who hung on every word as he asked: "Are You Ready for the Song?", and as the sunset exploded and the symphony struck the chords, Hyter's deep tones instructed: "You sing the high notes, and I'll sing the low notes!" It's true that not everyones' ancestors had a wonderful free experience with that river, but when we all sang "Ol' Man River" most Black and White and many in between linked arms and swayed back and forth as six encores were demanded, and most seemed to understand that the paths which were taken to get to that night were closer together than they've been and that closeness was felt in the spirit as brass cannons fired and fireworks scattered across the water. It remained for a time while everone gathered up their blankets and stuff and headed home. Maybe we can get there again this year; maybe another James Hyter will appear to orchestrate the celebration!

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I just bought tickets! Can you please verify what time the symphony performance starts? The press release says 7:30 but the official website says 7:00. And can I buy beer at the event or do I need to bring my own?

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I would go by the MIM website, which says 7 p.m. Note that other musical performances begin at 4 p.m. followed by an airshow, the symphony and fireworks.

There will be alcohol for sale in the park, but it will be infinitely cheaper to bring your own, even if you have to buy an inexpensive cooler. We've bought coolers on trips before and given them to others before flying home. You could pick up a cooler, drinks and maybe some sandwiches or other treats to eat during the show.

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Thank you for your response!

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You're so welcome. It looks like its going to be a beautiful weekend for the concert.

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An update from the local paper's website:

"The Grizzlies are now part of Memphis in May, said Diane Hampton, Memphis in May executive vice president.

The Sunset Symphony moved up its schedule 30 minutes to host a watch party for Grizzlies fans wanting to watch Game 3 of the Western Conference finals against the San Antonio Spurs. After the completion of fireworks, Hampton said, a projector will broadcast the game on a giant screen.

“This is a great weekend in Memphis with the finale of Memphis in May and the Grizzlies in the playoffs,” she said. “We’re proud of the Grizzlies and we support each other.”

Stax Academy will perform at 4 p.m. The commemorative air show moved to 5:20 p.m. The symphony now begins at 7 p.m. The fireworks show will start at 8:45 p.m. and last for about 15 minutes before the big screen goes up."

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