Storm forces Alabama Symphony to cancel park concert

Posted on: June 5, 2012

In Sunday’s (6/3) Birmingham News (Alabama), Kent Faulk reports, “The Alabama Symphony Orchestra Concert slated for tonight at Railroad Park has been canceled after a thunderstorm blew over a tent, damaging equipment. The storm blew through at about 4:30 this afternoon, knocking down the 40-foot x 60-foot vinyl tent and moving it about 30 feet from its original location. No injuries were reported. Crews are now pulling lighting and sound equipment out from under the tent. Some of the equipment has been damaged, Mark Patrick, director of operations for the ASO, said. … The staff had already secured instruments that were already on site before the storm hit, he said. None were damaged. Some music stands, chairs, lighting and speakers appeared to be damaged. The orchestra had performed at Railroad Park Friday and Saturday nights and was to perform again tonight. More than 5,000 people attended Saturday’s standing room only concert. ‘That’s Alabama weather for you,’ Patrick said. ‘Hopefully, we can get it dried out before our concert next Friday.’ ”

Posted June 5, 2012