THE WORLD-CLASS CLEVELAND POPS ORCHESTRA, under conductor Carlo Tapilow, will once again bring its moving melodies to downtown Elyria on Aug. 31 at 7 p.m.

Thousands of people from across the region will have the opportunity to set up their lawn chairs and picnic blankets to celebrate the arts and listen to the orchestra, which will be set up on the steps of the historic Lorain County Courthouse.

“It’s really a great example of Americana, listening to music on a warm summer night,” says Elyria Mayor Holly Brinda. “It’s become a legacy project here in Elyria.”

The Labor Day weekend event coincides with the revitalization of downtown Elyria, which now boasts a brand-new library, as well as new restaurants and business. Additionally, millions of dollars are being poured into additional public works projects, according to Brinda.

“We’re excited to bring folks to our downtown area. We encourage people to come and maybe even have dinner beforehand at a local restaurant,” Brinda says.

The orchestra’s repertoire for the evening will feature classical music with a modern twist, along with traditional classical favorites.

“There really is something for everyone,” Brinda says. “There will even be music familiar to young children, such as popular movie themes. We encourage families to bring their children to introduce them to classical music.”

Donations are accepted, but admission for the event is free. The rain date for the concert is Sept. 1.