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Times Observer file photo Pops by the Fountain will take place Thursday at 7 p.m. on Second Avenue between Pennsylvania Avenue and Liberty Street in Warren.

Pops by the Fountain, the musical event that is the unofficial kickoff to Warren’s 4th of July celebration, returns.

The event, down for two years due to COVID-19, will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday on Second Avenue between Pennsylvania Avenue and Liberty Street in Warren.

The ensemble includes approximately 80 musicians – members of the Warren Philharmonic as well as students from the Warren County Summer Music School.

“Bryan Eckenrode, Musical Director and Conductor of the Warren Philharmonic, will conduct the musicians,” according to a statement from Brenda Schnick. “This performance serves as the unofficial kickoff to Warren’s annual 4th of July celebration.”

“This annual concert opens with a bagpipe fanfare, followed by pop selections, and ends with two Independence Day fan favorites: ‘The Washington Post March’ and ‘Stars and Stripes Forever'” Schnick said. “This year’s pop selections include ‘Selections from a Chorus Line’, ‘The Sound of Music’, ‘The Waltzing Cat’, ‘Selections from West Side Story’ and the disco version of ‘A Fifth of Beethoven'”

“Many artists from the Warren County Summer School of Music will play a special role in this concert,” she says. “There will be dancers, a choir and student musicians.”

“Soprano Lauren Hiller will be our soloist for ‘The Sound of Music’ and ‘Selections from West Side Story’, Schnick said.

There will be a rehearsal on Second Avenue at 5 p.m. on the day of the concert. “The public is invited to bring their lawn chairs and enjoy this annual celebration”, she says. “In case of rain, the concert will take place at Warren Area High School.”

The project is made possible through the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts program of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency. It is funded by the citizens of Pennsylvania through an annual statutory appropriation and administered locally by the Arts Council of Erie, Inc. The Arts Council of Pennsylvania is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency . The orchestra, a 501c(3) non-profit organization, is additionally funded by private and corporate sponsorships, including the Barbara Baldwin Defrees Foundation, Warren County Community Foundation, Conarro Family Foundation, and the Betts Foundation.

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