August 25, 2015 at 1:15pm

Labor Day Pops

Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra

When it's Labor Day in Decatur, it's time for Labor Day Pops in Nelson Park.

For the 19th consecutive year, Decatur says farewell to summer with a free concert on the lakeshore by the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra (MDSO), under the direction of Dr. Michael Luxner, music director and conductor of the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra.

The hour-long concert begins at 6 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 7, at Decatur's Nelson Park Amphitheater. The program comprises light classical, patriotic, and popular arrangements suitable to every musical taste.

Musical selections for this year's performance include: Sousa's "El Capitan," Rossini's "William Tell Overture," Sibelius' "Finlandia," Dvorak's "Slavonic Dance," Copland's "Variations on a Shaker Melody," Gershwin's "Highlights from Porgy & Bess," "My One and Only Love," arranged by Randall Reyman, Millikin University professor of music, "A Salute to the Big Bands," arranged by Calvin Custer, and "Armed Forces Salute," arranged by Bob Lowden.

Randall Reyman will be the trumpet soloist on his arrangement of "My One and Only Love."

"We've got all types of wonderful music to share with the community and are looking forward to another great installment in this favorite Decatur family tradition," said Dr. Luxner.

If inclement weather occurs, the performance will be moved to the pavilion just up the hill from the amphitheater.

Concerts of the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.