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Machine President & GM John Algie to Host Central Ohio Symphony

March 19, 2016
The Ohio Machine is teaming up with the Central Ohio Symphony for the highly anticipated 29th annual Fourth of July Concert at Ohio Wesleyan University.

The concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. at Phillips Glen in the heart of Ohio Wesleyan’s campus following the Machine’s 4 p.m. game against the Chesapeake Bayhawks. The concert is free for the entire community. Machine President & General Manager John Algie will host this year’s concert and is looking forward to this new tradition with the Symphony.

“The Machine is excited to start its new collaboration with the Central Ohio Symphony, and I am honored to be named this year's host. We are looking forward to adding to this great tradition with the first-ever Machine game on the Fourth of July,” Algie said. “The city of Delaware will truly be the best place to be for the Fourth, and Selby Stadium will be the best place to watch this year's fireworks show. We can’t wait to see this new tradition come alive.”

The Symphony is expecting 5,000-7,000 people in attendance for its biggest performance of the year and will be playing America-themed classical music, famous Warner Brothers tunes, a medley dedicated to Disney’s “Frozen,” and the 1812 Overture complete with a simulated cannon blast for an exciting audience experience.

Warren Hyer, the Executive Director of the Central Ohio Symphony, says this is one of his favorite Symphony performances because of its special relationship with the Delaware community.

“Our concert is a special gift that we enjoy giving and just to see the excitement and response in our audience during the concert is amazing,” Hyer said. “To have 5,000 people from multi-generations all over Ohio bring picnic baskets and blankets to sit and listen to our performance is why we love this event.”

Downtown Delaware is the place to be all day long on the Fourth of July. Starting at 1 p.m., Roop Brother’s Pub will host a concert by critically acclaimed singer/songwriter Ali Spagnola, followed by the first-ever Fourth of July Ohio Machine game with $1 hot dogs. Also for the first time, the post-game fireworks show will be visible from inside Selby Stadium! A ticket to the Machine game will get fans continued access to the stadium for all of the fun and games leading up to the Delaware fireworks show at 9:30 p.m. Re-entry to Selby Stadium will be available all day so game attendees can also attend the Central Ohio Symphony's concert right across the street.

“Delaware’s Fourth of July is a wonderful event with fabulous fireworks, great music with a great orchestra and now, we’re performing right after a great athletic team,” said Hyer. “Teaming up with the Ohio Machine makes this event even greater.”

Tickets and more information for the game are available online at with seats starting at just $12. Selby Stadium is the single best spot in town to view the fireworks show, so buy your tickets today!

For more information about the concert, visit the Central Ohio Symphony’s website at