The primary mission of the Symphony Guild is the presentation of the Symphony Above the Clouds featuring the Colorado Springs Philharmonic Orchestra. This delightful event has truly become a community project. The admission-free public concert is held each July 5th on the athletic field of the Woodland Park Middle School. The open‐air venue encourages families and friends to come early and bring picnics and/or purchase food from the main fundraising event of the Panther Pride Booster Club’s booth. Over the years, audiences have grown to thousands, are multi-generational and are representative of not only the area’s population but of our summer tourists, many of whom tell us that they schedule their visits here during the 5th to attend our concerts.
Several years ago, the Guild began including pre‐concert entertainment, and we have worked hard to showcase high‐quality local talent. They have all been a very successful addition to the program. The main event, the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, is an extremely high‐quality, professional organization. All components of the concert are staged to professional standards.
In 2011 a new sound stage was added, enhancing visibility and sound much to the delight of our audiences. The musical program varies from year to year, but it is always patriotic in nature. “Armed Force Salute” is played to recognize our men and women in each branch of the military service. The evening always culminates with Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture with cannons booming (hopefully), bells ringing (always) and the much‐loved fireworks provided by the City of Woodland Park.