Town & Gown community band and chorale present free Independence Day concert on July 4th

Town & Gown community band and chorale present free Independence Day concert on July 4th

By Jennifer Robertson | Jun 28, 2024

Lovett Auditorium

This year's Town & Gown Independence-themed concert will be inside Lovett Auditorium


MURRAY, Ky. – The Murray State University Town & Gown Community Band and Chorale will present a free Independence Day themed concert as part of Murray’s annual Freedom Fest celebration on the evening of Thursday, July 4th at 7 p.m. inside Lovett Auditorium on Murray State’s campus. The concert is free and the public is cordially invited to attend. 
Dr. Bradley Almquist, Murray State professor of music and director of chorale activities, will conduct the Community Chorale. Dr. Ashley Shoupe, Murray State assistant professor of music and assistant director of bands, will conduct the Community Band. Audience members can relax in the air-conditioned comfort of the recently renovated Lovett Auditorium as they enjoy holiday favorites such as “America the Beautiful,” “Stars and Stripes Forever” and “Let Freedom Ring,” to name a few. Readings of several iconic American documents, such as the Preamble to the Constitution, the Gettysburg Address and the Declaration of Independence, will be interspersed with the musical selections.

“This program celebrates the vision our founding fathers and mothers had for freedom and liberty through uniquely American music, spirituals, folk songs, marches, Broadway tunes and iconic patriotic music,” said  Almquist. “It is one of my favorite concerts each year.”

“This family-friendly and patriotic concert is a wonderful way for community members of all ages to begin their July 4th festivities,” said Jennifer Robertson, coordinator of Murray State’s Town & Gown Partnership. “We can all come together as neighbors and Americans and enjoy the musical talents of our wonderful local musicians and the beloved musical pieces they will perform, and then still have time to take in the fireworks display later in the evening.”

The Town & Gown Partnership is an ongoing collaboration between Murray State University and the surrounding community that aims to enhance the quality of living and learning for everyone in the community. Town & Gown Partners include leaders from Murray State University administration and student government, local and state government, industry, small business, banking, health care providers  and other community organizations. Membership fees help fund community projects and events such as these summer concerts. For more information about how a business or organization can join Murray State’s Town & Gown program, please contact Jennifer Robertson at 270-809-3924 or

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