A full summer classical season

When conductor Michael Berkowitz leads the Santa Rosa Symphony Pops orchestra in concert July 4 at Sonoma State University's Green Music Center, it'll be a special occasion for a many reasons.

The concert marks the return of the traditional Independence Day pops concert and fireworks show, originally presented on the Rohnert Park campus from 2000 to 2007. And it opens the Green Music Center's first summer concert series.

The concert also kicks off the classical-music summer season, which includes the Mendocino Music Festival, Midsummer Mozart concerts in Sonoma and two Napa Valley concert series — Festival del Sol?and Music in the Vineyards.

And for Berkowitz, who will start his ninth season with Santa Rosa Symphony Pops this fall at Wells Fargo Center for the Arts in Santa Rosa, the July 4 show will be his first performance at the Green Music Center.

The conductor is confident a good time will be had by all.

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