Two free concerts at the Franklin Park Conservatory

Pack a picnic, grab a blanket and head to the Franklin Park Conservatory for a night of music under the stars at the Summer Series from the Columbus ProMusica Chamber Orchestra.

For a second year, the ProMusica Orchestra will play two free concerts on the conservatory's West Terrace. This summer's concerts are the first for David Danzmayr as the Orchestra's new music director.

The first concert, on July 31, will showcase ProMusica's concertmaster Katherine McLin on violin. It will also include pieces from Felix Mendelssohn and Georges Bizet. The second in the series, on Aug. 7, is slated to feature the orchestra's trumpets, Tom Battenberg and Timothy Leasure.

Admission is free to both shows. Concert goers can bring their own food or can have a picnic or dinner catered with an advanced reservation. Food and drinks will also be for sale on site without a reservation.

Concerts begin at 8 p.m., but activities for kids begin at 7 p.m. Children can explore the grounds in an orchestra scavenger hunt or create their own music on a glass-bottle xylophone.

For more information on the ProMusica Orchestra or the summer series, click here.

-Evan Matsumoto