Bank of America Celebration at the Station this Sunday features free concert, fireworks

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SYMPHONY WELCOMES GRAMMY®-WINNER OLETA ADAMS TO FREE MEMORIAL WEEKEND CONCERT WITH FIREWORKS!

Bank of America to donate home to one deserving soldier through the Military Warrior Support Group at Union Station event on Sunday, May 26

May 10, 2013 (Kansas City, Mo.) The Midwest’s most popular Memorial Weekend event, Bank of America Celebration at the Station, returns for its 11th year to Kansas City’s Union Station on Sunday, May 26. Bank of America Celebration at the Station features Music Director Michael Stern and the Kansas City Symphony performing familiar patriotic music against the backdrop of historic Union Station, with a finale of blazing fireworks above the National WWI Museum at Liberty Memorial.

A very special addition to this year’s event is the donation of a home by Bank of America to a wounded service member through the Military Warrior Support Group. The Executive Director of MWSG will be present as will the service member, who survived the attack at Fort Hood and is a first responder, receiving the keys to the new home on-stage. Bank of America’s home donations are made possible by partnering with nonprofit agencies that serve the military and can help assess the greatest need and the best fit. MWSG is a strong partner of Bank of America in home donations across the country.

The Symphony takes the stage at 8:00PM for a rousing set of orchestral music to celebrate all things American, including the 1812 Overture, complete with three live firing cannons! At 9:45PM, all heads will turn to the sky over the National WWI Museum at Liberty Memorial for a stunning display of choreographed fireworks, bursting to the beat of patriotic music. This annual fireworks display is the largest of its kind in Kansas City.

Segments of the concert program will highlight soldiers who are returning home to the Midwest, following tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. Grammy® Award-winning recording artist and Kansas City, Kansas resident Oleta Adams joins with the Symphony to perform her signature hit song Get Here, plus Hallelujah and God Bless America. The program also includes a moving narration of Lincoln Portrait, and a spotlight on MusiCorps, an organization that helps wounded warriors perform music to recover and enrich their lives. Learn more: www.musicorps.net.

Grounds will open at 3:00PM for this free community event. A variety of food truck vendors will be on-site, offering a wide array of food and beverage options. At 4:00PM, the Fountain City Brass Band will take the stage for 90-minutes of lively pre-concert entertainment.

Families attending the free outdoor performance by the Kansas City Symphony and the fireworks display are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs. Parking for Bank of America Celebration at the Station can be found throughout the area. Many garages and surface lots charge for parking, most $5-$7 per vehicle. It is suggested that attendees park in the areas north of Union Station. A parking map is available at the event website, www.CelebrationAtTheStation.com.

For those who cannot attend Bank of America Celebration at the Station, the concert will be shown live on KCPT Channel 19, starting at 8:00PM on Sunday, May 26. A rebroadcast of the concert will be scheduled to air on Memorial Day and over the Fourth Of July Weekend. In addition, numerous public television stations throughout the region will rebroadcast Bank of America Celebration at the Station. Check your local listings for channel and broadcast date and time.

Complete concert and event details are available online at www.CelebrationAtTheStation.com.

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