The Central Ohio Symphony will add new twists to its annual Independence Day concert in joining the city of Delaware's and Delaware County's 200th birthday celebration.

The Central Ohio Symphony will add new twists to its annual Independence Day concert in joining the city of Delaware's and Delaware County's 200th birthday celebration.

For the 23rd consecutive year, the Delaware-based Central Ohio Symphony will perform its signature concert of the year on July Fourth.

The 8 p.m. concert, again slated to take place on the Phillips Glen lawn behind Ohio Wesleyan University's Gray Chapel on South Sandusky Street, immediately will precede the city of Delaware's fireworks display.

Concert organizers said this year's performance will include traditional patriotic music of American composers. To commemorate the city of Delaware and Delaware County's bicentennial birthday, however, slide shows featuring images of Delaware County and photographs from local artist Linda Wesner will be added to the show.

"We want to leave a visual image of what Delaware and Delaware County is this year," Warren Hyer, Central Ohio Symphony executive director, said. "We have a couple of new pieces of music we haven't done before."

Additionally, the symphony has conceived new arrangements to its traditional Fourth of July performance which concert organizers hope will help emphasize the historic significance of the region's birthday.

"We have a new surprise during the '1812 Overture,'" Hyer said. "Let's just say it's loud."

Other pieces to be performed include "Prairie Overture" by Ohio composer Robert Ward, Sousa marches and a Disney medley. The orchestra will play "Armed Forces Salute," by Morton Gould, in recognition of veterans and active service personnel, as well as selections from "Star Wars" by John Williams.

As usual, the symphony will provide 200 seats in front of the stage for a $3 fee. General admission lawn seating will be free and open for attendees to bring their own chairs or blankets.

"We think it's a great way to give back to the community for all the support we receive throughout the year," Hyer said. "It's our gift back to the community."

The symphony's annual concert is made possible through donations from the Polaris Community Fund of the Community Foundation of Delaware County, the Ohio Arts Council, the city of Delaware, Ohio Wesleyan, the Delaware County Bank and Trust and Ohio State University's Delaware campus.

Hyer said the symphony expects to draw more than 5,000 people from throughout central Ohio. Kiwanis will sell refreshments at the concert, but attendees also are encouraged to bring their own food and beverages.

"People are welcome to bring a picnic dinner and just come and enjoy a wonderful evening," he said. "Without question, this will be the largest symphony concert in central Ohio."

Information on the concert is available at www.centralohiosymphony.org, or by calling the symphony office, at (740) 362-1799. Tickets for chair seating also can be purchased at the Delaware Arts Castle, 190 W. Winter St., Buehler's Food Market, 800 W. Central Ave., and Beehive Books, 25 N. Sandusky St.