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Fredenhagen Class Act II Free Concert canceled for September 20


UPDATE Sept. 19 / A tough decision was made this morning in the interest of public safety.  The Sept. 20 concert at Fredenhagen Park has been canceled due to the forecast of severe weather at concert time. There is no rain date and it will not be rescheduled for 2014.  Apologies for any inconvenience. —The Riverwalk Foundation

North Central College’s Sonata Problem and the Pep Band also will perform

Fredenhagen Park will set the stage for a late afternoon of music from 4-6PM Sat., Sept. 20.

Ted Fredenhagen’s 19-piece big band, Class Act II, will play a free concert at his namesake park on Naperville’s Riverwalk Saturday, September 20 from 4 to 6PM in conjunction with the Riverwalk Fine Art Fair. North Central College’s a cappella choral group Sonata Problem will perform beginning at 5PM following Class Act II’s performance. Closing out the concert just prior to 6 p.m., the North Central College Pep Band will parade through the park on its way to Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium for the North Central College Cardinals’ home opener football game.

Class Act II plays jazz standards such as Benny Goodman and Count Basie tunes, while Sonata Problem will perform current songs such as Everybody Talks and Pompeii. The outdoor concert in Fredenhagen Park is free and open to the public and produced by the Riverwalk Foundation. Limited seating for this free concert will be available, so patrons are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be canceled.

After the first Class Act II Concert in Fredenhagen Park in 2009, Ted Fredenhagen and his sister, Rita Harvard, reminisced about a few “one in a million” memories of growing up in Naperville.

Square dip ice cream cones will be sold for $1 per scoop during the event. The Prince Castle and Cock Robin restaurants were originally located at the current site of Fredenhagen Park and owned by Ted Fredenhagen’s parents, Grace and Walter. As a tribute to their parents, Fredenhagen and his sister, Rita Harvard, donated the land to the City of Naperville for use as a park on the east extension of the Riverwalk.

Since 2003, the Fredenhagen Park Clock Tower has stood along Washington Street at the gateway to downtown Naperville and North Central College. The plaza around Exchange Club Memories Fountain is set with hundreds of “one in a million” commemorative square bricks.

For questions about the concert, contact Riverwalk Administrator Jan Erickson at (630) 305-5984.

For more information on the Riverwalk, visit www.napervilleriverwalk.com. For more information on the City of Naperville, visit www.naperville.il.us. Sign up to receive the latest news on the City of Naperville’s projects and initiatives via e-mail at www.naperville.il.us/enews.aspx.


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