Freeman Stage to wrap up 2019 season with MSO, Arts & Jazz Festival


As September nears, the Freeman Stage is preparing to celebrate its final events of the 2019 season.

The annual Labor Day celebration with Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra and fireworks will take place Saturday, Aug. 31. The performance begins at 7 p.m. and is free for all patrons, though seating and admittance are on a first-come, first-served basis. Patrons can guarantee a seat for the high-attendance event by reserving a ticket on for $10; reserved seats will be held until 7:15 p.m.

The MSO, under the direction of Maestro Julien Benichou, will perform an evening of jazz and light classics. The fireworks display will immediately follow the performance.

“The season finale with the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra is such a magical evening and a celebrated tradition,” said Patti Grimes, executive director of the Freeman Stage. “The fireworks cap off the evening as a thank-you to the community for their continued support of the arts.”

The Arts & Jazz Festival will be held Saturday, Sept. 14, and is an all-day event showcasing live jazz performances — one which is sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation — as well as the work of local artists. This year’s performers include the Joe Baione Sextet at 11 a.m., Jane Bunnett & Maqueque at 1 p.m. and the Lao Tizer Band at 3 p.m. There will also be about 25 visual artists on the green who will display and sell their work.

The festival is free for all and begins at 10 a.m. Patrons should bring their own chairs.

“The Arts & Jazz Festival is a wonderful celebration of both the visual and performing arts,” Grimes said.

The gates open at 5:45 p.m. on Aug. 31 for the MSO performance and fireworks, and at 10 a.m. for the Arts & Jazz Festival. More information for each event can be found online at