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MacPhail Center for Music's annual 'Sounds of Summer' kicks off in Minneapolis on July 8, 2023.
Alex Noriega
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What’s twice as good as the Fourth of July? Try the Eighth!

Classical music makes it a classic July Fourth, and the Northern Lights Music Festival celebrates Stars, Stripes and Sousa with their Festive Fourth! concert in Aurora. Favorite pops, and Puccini too, with cast members from their upcoming performance of La Boheme.

And if the fourth is good, does that mean the eighth is twice as good? Two events on July 8, both free, offer lots of great music. 

In Minneapolis, by Stone Arch Bridge, MacPhail Center for Music’s annual summer concert festival, Sounds of Summer, starts at 3 p.m. at Water Works at Mill Ruins Park.  Check out performances by MacPhail’s Faculty Jazz Combo, Rimshots! percussion ensemble, Community Youth Choir with JD Steele and much more.

In Winona, the Minnesota Beethoven Festival’s biggest event is a free pops concert on July 8 by the Minnesota Orchestra. Oh, and if you need something to do earlier in the week, the Minnesota Orchestra also performs free shows in Plymouth and Hudson for their annual Symphony in the Cities series.

And may all your banners be star-spangled!

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