Hales Corners - The Boerner Botanical Gardens is kicking off its Concert in the Gardens series tonight with a performance by the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.
The Concert in the Gardens performances occur every Thursday from June 14 through Aug. 30. With the exception of tonight's concert, which begins at 7:30 p.m., the concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. and end about 8:30 p.m.
"We have up to 5,000 people coming for the opening night performance by the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra," said Jeff Baudry, marketing manager at Milwaukee County Parks.
Admission to the park for summer concerts is free after 6 p.m., and attendees are welcome to walk through the gardens afterward at no cost.
This summer's lineup includes Daryl Stuermer from Genesis, Sam Llanas of The BoDeans, New York recording artist Grace Weber and the play "High School Musical" put on by Milwaukee's Divine Savior Holy Angels High School, among others.
The Concerts in the Gardens are sponsored by Wimmer Communities. Baudry said Boerner would not be able to get the great musical talent they receive without them.
"We try to mix up the variety of music every year," Baudry said. "Usually we aim to incorporate Milwaukee musicians and different genres of music."
Food and beverages will be available for purchase at the concerts courtesy of Bartolotta Catering. Guests are allowed to bring along their own food and a blanket or lawn chair for seating.
Boerner is just one of several Milwaukee County Parks hosting concerts this summer.
"These concerts are really about getting out and enjoying your Milwaukee County Parks," Baudry said. "They are an opportunity to get active with your family in the parks or to sit back and listen to some great music with your family, friends and neighborhoods."
For information about other Concerts in the Parks locations, visit county.milwaukee.gov and follow the link for the County Parks System.
If You Go
WHAT: Concerts in the Gardens
WHERE: Boerner Botanical Gardens, 9400 Boerner Drive, Hales Corners
WHEN: all concerts begin at 6:30 p.m., except tonight's, which begins at 7:30 p.m.
COST: free after 6 p.m.
June 14 - Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
June 21 - Daryl Stuermer Band
June 28 - Grace Weber
July 5 - "High School Musical" by DSHA Fine Arts-Theatre Department
July 12 - Catch a Wave (music of the Beach Boys)
July 19 - Concord Chamber Orchestra (a night of the Pops)
July 26 - Streetlife with Warren Wiegratz (smooth jazz)
Aug. 2 - The Booze Brothers Band (Blues Brothers R&B revue)
Aug. 9 - Swing Nouveau (swing band)
Aug. 16 - Sam Llanas (of the BoDeans)
Aug. 23 - Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound (R&B, soul and Afro-Caribbean rhythms)
Aug. 30 - Southbound (music of the Allman Brothers and Grateful Dead)