Ohio University’s Under the Elms Summer Concert Series presents its finale concert Wednesday, July 3, with its annual “Celebrate America!” concert of patriotic favorites in recognition of Independence Day,

This photo gallery was taken last Wednesday, June 26, in an Under the Elms concert with a childhood theme. To commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the Athens Community Music School, the Communiversity Band presented this concert featuring child-friendly favorites, including music from the Harry Potter films, “Yellow Submarine,” “Moana” and “The Lion King.” The Athens Community Music School also offered special events surrounding this concert, including an instrument petting zoo. The participants of the annual Summer Band Camp also performed as part of the Communiversity Band.

Every summer, a series of outdoor concerts is held on OU’s College Green every Wednesday from early June to early July. The Under the Elms Concert Band, or “Communiversity Band,” is composed of OU faculty, students and alumni, as well as community members from Athens and surrounding communities.

Each of these outdoor concerts begins at 7 p.m. on the College Green adjacent to Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium. The June 26 concert, with warm, dry weather, attracted a large audience, sitting on blankets and lawn chairs stretching back halfway across the green.

This summer marks the 11thyear for Andrew Trachsel’s service as music director and principle conductor of Under the Elms. This will be his last season in this position, as he has been appointed the next associate director of Wind Studies at the University of North Texas College of Music in Denton, Texas. 

The Under the Elms concert series – supported by Ohio University and the College of Fine Arts – are free and open to the public. The music starts at 7 p.m. 

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