LOGAN, UT – “Freedom Fire” opens with a bang as 2011 Grammy Award winning country music group Diamond Rio takes the stage at Romney Stadium July 1 for the Logan City’s annual Independence Day celebration and firework display. Utah State University’s Caine College of the Arts has partnered with Logan City for the 2011 patriotic celebration, Freedom Fire. Diamond Rio, known for hits such as “Meet in the Middle” and “Beautiful Mess,” will perform with John Jacobson, founder and volunteer president of America Sings! Inc., and the American Festival Chorus and Orchestra, Cache Valley’s premier professional music organization. “This star-spangled event will light up the night sky and spark excitement in Logan as Diamond Rio presents their fresh, solid, real country sound,” said Russ Akina, parks and recreation director for the city of Logan. “Celebrating the Fourth of July with Country Music Awards four-time Vocal Group of the Year Diamond Rio and talented song writer and producer John Jacobson will provide a spectacular performance experience for everyone in attendance,” said Craig Jessop, American Festival Chorus artistic director and conductor and dean of the Caine College of the Arts at USU. Jacobson has staged hundreds of music festival ensembles in his association with Walt Disney Productions and directed performances featuring thousands of young singers, including NBC’s national broadcast of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and presidential inaugurations, Jessop said. Gates open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 general admission and range from $25-50 for reserved seating. Tickets can be purchased beginning April 18 at the Caine College of the Arts Box Office in Room 139-B of the Chase Fine Arts Center; online (arts.usu.edu); at the Logan Community Recreation Center, 195 S. 100 West; and by calling 797-8022. The performance will not be broadcast live on radio.
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