A UNIQUE OUTDOOR EXPERIENCE
Symphony Sunday in the Park
by Danielle Ducrest
City Park in New Iberia is a hidden surprise for an out-of-towner like myself, concealed as it is from Bayou Teche by thick scrub and accessible through neighborhood streets. I visited it last year for an event that only happens at the park. Lush, green canopies of dozens of live oaks provided shade over rows of seats. Blankets were spread on a shallow slope in the back while three boys sat on skateboards. As I walked around, I was offered water, a spare chair or a spot on a blanket. On a covered stage, the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra tuned their instruments. “Symphony Sunday in the Park,” the ASO’s outdoor pops concert, would start any moment, but to the left, concertgoers were buying last-minute meals from food trucks.
For a decade, the outdoor concert has been part of the ASO’s regular season in New Iberia. The Iberia Cultural Resources Association (ICRA) collaborates with the ASO to bring four annual concerts to the city. “I don’t think we would ever want to not have the symphony come four times a year, because they are such a wonderful group that offers first-class music experiences,” says Cathy Indest, president of the ICRA. “We feel that we have 12 March 2016
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