The 72nd annual Stern Grove Festival will celebrate the Fourth of July Weekend with the San Francisco Symphony and the 'Inouye Jazz' combo. Sigmund Stern Grove is an outdoor music venue located at 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard in San Francisco. The July 5th festival starts at 2pm with an opening performance by 'Inouye Jazz' featuring San Francisco trumpet player Mark Inouye, bassist Scott Pingel, percussionist Raymond Froehlich and guitarist Jeff Massanari. The ensemble is lead by Mark Inouye who has been involved in both jazz and classical music. This festival is one of the city's most popular summer tourist attractions and always hosts a very large audience.
The San Francisco Symphony takes the stage at 3pm and will perform several classical excerpts such as Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake and Piano concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor. The symphony will also play Opus 23 with Inon Barnatan on piano, Gershiwin's An American in Paris and music by Leonard Berstein. The symphony will be led by conductor James Gaffigan who joined the organization in 2006 after three seasons with the Cleveland Orchestra. This annual city music festival is one of San Francisco's longest running tourist attended event and is a wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon. The Stern grove Festival is one of San Francisco's most celebrated free public events and more information can be found by visiting www.sterngrove.org.