A large crowd of supporters filled Old Trace Park at the Reservoir Friday evening to celebrate a milestone for the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra. MSO is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Pepsi Pops Concert.
The partnership with the symphony and Brown Bottling Group began in 1981. The concert featured not only MSO but some of the 650 students from Jackson schools who study string instruments with symphony members.
The theme this year, "Pop Till You Drop", also had a special cause. Those attending were asked to make donations to the Red Cross to help victims of recent tornadoes and flooding.
"The first day I walked out here and thought well we'll just do this for a year and a few people will show up and it will be nice. My kids weren't even born , so you know, every year to see it grow, to see kids grow up out here, to see the musicians, to see what it means to the community, its really heart warming", said Bill Brown, of Brown Bottling Group.
The evening ended with a picnic contest and fireworks. Organizers believe there may have been a record number of people attending this year's Pepsi Pops Concert.
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