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PENSACOLA SYMPHONY’S OPENING NIGHT!

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Come join the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra on October 4th at 8PM in the Saenger Theatre for the singular Opening Night! as we kick-off our anticipated 89th season, featuring New York Philharmonic's longest-standing concertmaster, Glenn Dicterow.

The evening begins with a delightful performance of the illustrious Overture to The Marriage of Figaro by Mozart. Following, the PSO and Maestro Rubardt welcome legendary violinist Glenn Dicterow to the stage for Beethoven's Violin Concerto. Dicterow recently concluded an unprecedented 34 seasons as concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic. He has been at the center of a staggering number of performances at the highest level and it is a great honor for us to share the stage with a musician of his stature. says Rubardt, The Beethoven Violin Concerto stands at the pinnacle of the literature; it is a perfect vehicle for Glenn's consummate artistry.

During the second half of the concert, audience members will be captivated by two colorful ballet scores. Both are based on Greek mythology, though they are anything but alike. Samuel Barbers dramatic and dark Medea's Dance of Vengeance retells folklore through thrilling orchestral textures - then, the story of youthful love is beautifully painted in Daphnis et Chlo by Maurice Ravel. It's a triumphant end to the beginning of a new season!

There will be a special matinee dress rehearsal for the concert beginning at 2PM. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the Palafox entrance of the Saenger Theatre. Then starting at 7PM, Dr. Larry Reed will present Classical Conversations. It's the perfect opportunity to learn more about the music, as well as a chance to hear from the evening's guest artist. The event is FREE with your concert ticket.

Tickets are on sale and start at $22 - get yours at pensacolasymphony.com, by phone at 850-435-2533, and at the Saenger Theatre, on the corner of Palafox and Intendencia.


55TH ANNUAL PENSACOLA GREEK FESTIVAL

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The 55th Annual Greek Festival will take place on October 10-12. This 3 day event draws upwards of 30,000 people from across the Southeast. Festival hours are 11:00 am to 10:00 pm on Friday and Saturday and from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm on Sunday. Admission is always FREE.

Live Greek music and traditional folk dancing will be among the entertainment highlights of the weekend. Youth dancers dressed in traditional costumes representing various regions of Greece will perform dance sets throughout the weekend, and the dance floor is open to all between youth sets. The popular Kostas Kastanis band will be back again to play traditional and modern Greek music throughout the weekend.

The Pensacola Greek Festival is a staple of the Pensacola Bay areas signature fall festival lineup, mixing southern hospitality with Hellenic culture and cuisine. If you are unable to travel to Greece this year, come home to 1720 West Garden Street and join the Pensacola Greek family!

One of the definitions of Hellenism is admiration of Greek ideas, style and culture. That makes all of us Philhellenes - lovers of all things Greek! The Pensacola Greek Festival is a wonderful opportunity for the Greek community to share their culture, traditions, heritage, faith, food, dance and the fun-loving spirit of Greece right here in our hometown.

On the menu this year will be traditional roast lamb, baked chicken, dolmathes, moussaka, pastitsio, spanakopita, tiropita, and Greek salads. One significant change to our pastry fans is that all of the Greek desserts will be sold outside under the main tent across from the gift shop. There will be two separate dinner lines inside the hall and this should shorten the lines to purchase dinner items.

The outdoor taverna (between the church and the hall) will feature the popular gyros, souvlakia (kabobs) and sausage wraps as well as chicken tenders for the kids, Greek fries cooked in olive oil, and of course calamari.

Many of these specialty food items are prepared by the parishioners and by some of the popular Gulf Coast restaurants owned by church members. This year we will publish more of our favorite recipes on our website, in our weekly email bulletins, on our facebook page, and in the printed program.

The Greek Gift Booth offers imported gift items such as authentic jewelry, cookbooks, t-shirts, and other popular items. Also by the gift booth will be the Greek specialty items such as Frappes (iced coffee Greek style) and both American and Greek hot coffee. Although food and music are crowd pleasers, they are not the only attractions offered at this festival. 

Visitors will be able to attend church tours lasting approximately thirty minutes and see the architectural design and beauty inside a traditional Orthodox church. These church tours give a brief overview of the Orthodox Christian religion itself, along with some history of the faith and culture. Members of the church choir will sing Byzantine hymns at the conclusion of each tour.

Nonperishable food items will be collected during the festival for donation to Manna Food Bank.

To stay up to date on the latest news about the Greek festival:
    Visit the festival website: pensacolagreekfestival.com/
    Subscribe to the email newsletter on the website.
    Become a Fan on Facebook: www.facebook.com/pensacolagreekfest
    Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @pcolagreekfest

Pre-sale tickets are available for sale prior to the festival in denominations of $5 each - these are great for gifts to friends and clients and can be used in lieu of cash at every booth. Tickets, cash and checks are accepted at all cash registers. Festival goers who want to use a  credit or debit card can purchase tickets onsite at the front entrance of the Hellenic Center. These tickets are valid at all cash registers. An ATM is also available onsite for a small charge.

Patrons should utilize street parking in the nearby neighborhoods. Those with special needs can be dropped off in front of the hall while their driver finds a parking space.


8TH ANNUAL GREATER GOOD FESTIVAL

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The 8th Annual Greater Good Festival will take place on October 11-12 at the Community Maritime Park. It's a festival for all ages and walks of life, full of music, art, community and kids activities. The Greater Good Festival will run from 11 am to 11 PM on Saturday, October 11 and 11 AM to 7 pm on Sunday, October 12.
 
Ric Kindle and Greater Good, Inc. produce the Greater Good Festival each year.  The mission of the Greater Good Festival is the opportunity to expand cultural horizons through music and art, while bringing individuals and families together in a relaxing environment. The festival will feature musical entertainment include both nationally known artists and excellent local talent at the Hunter Amphitheater portion of the park.  On the festival grounds, there will be yoga classes, children's activities and vendor booths offering beautiful handmade art and delicious food.
 
The musical talent this year is astounding and includes: Flow Tribe, Heritage, Betsy Badwater, Space Voyager, Renee Arozqueta, Delta Reign, Dinosaur Daze, Mad happy, Ivory Faces, Lee Hunter (of Tamerlin), Continuum, Pensacola Music Company Students and the South Baldwin Dance Center. Music will be playing throughout the Festival. For more information about the bands or to find out the musical lineup, please visit the website at www.GreaterGoodFestival.com/music.
 
The Greater Good Festival is a family friendly event and will be full of a very interactive kid's area containing arts and crafts as well as a bounce house provided by Pensacola With Kids. Bring the kids for a day of fun and music to open up their creative side. Throughout the festival, vendors and non-profits will be showcasing their art, crafts, services and food.
 
This year, the Greater Good Festival is supporting Emagine-Nation. Emagine-Nation.com is dedicated to helping kids retain their curiosity and creativity while having fun and getting stuff done. We are creating awareness at the 2014 Festival for this amazing organization. 

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