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Father-son duo last in ‘Americana’ concert series

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Rob and Drew Pommert, aka Brisa Marina, will wrap up the 'Americana in the Gardens' concert series on Oct. 14.

Rob and Drew Pommert, aka Brisa Marina, will wrap up the ‘Americana in the Gardens’ concert series on Oct. 14.

Brisa Marina, a father-and-son classical guitar and vocal duo featuring the father-son duo of Rob and Drew Pommert, will perform at the final concert in the monthly series, “Americana in the Springfield Botanical Gardens” at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 14, 2015, on the rooftop of the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center in Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park. Admission is a suggested donation of $10 for adults,

The guitar-playing Pommerts blend romantic and modern numbers in their arrangements of Spanish, classical and American music. UPI can sample the duo’s music at wix.com/drewrobert/dr-duo.

Their one-hour performance benefits the Kickapoo Edge Prairie, one of five naturalized areas among the 20 themed gardens and 15 special collections in the Springfield Botanical Gardens, 2400 S. Scenic Ave., in southwest Springfield.

Proceeds will be used to help fund a paved trail through the Kickapoo Edge Prairie to accommodate walkers, strollers and wheelchairs, says Ric Mayer, chair of the Friends of the Garden group that develops and maintains the Kickapoo Edge Prairie and a volunteer with the Missouri Prairie Foundation, another non-profit that has sponsored the concert series.

“We will watch the sun set from our perch on the Botanical Center roof while Brisa Marina wafts us along on melodious harmonies,” says Mayer. “The music this year has been a showcase of local musicians and worldwide performers.”

Promoting art in the parks via these concerts has provided net proceeds, this year to be used to fund a chair-friendly trail through the prairie garden.

Be sure to bring a lawn chair or blanket for more comfortable seating. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be held inside the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center. Free parking is available near the entrance of the venue.

The outdoor concert series will resume in April 2016.

For more information, call the Botanical Center at 417-891-1515 or Ric Mayer at 417-995-3943.

Friends of the Garden offers tax-deductible annual memberships on several levels can be purchased at the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center gift shop, or online at FriendsoftheGarden.org. FOG is also on Facebook with timely information about events and news about the gardening community in the Ozarks.

George Freeman is a veteran journalist and photographer. An award-winning writer, editor and columnist in Springfield, Mo., with more than 50 years experience. His preference is for positive and uplifting stories about people, places, traditions and trends that make the Ozarks one of the most livable regions anywhere. A member of the Garden Writers Association of America, he is a past-president of the Society of Professional Journalists of Southwest Missouri, the Kansas and Ohio AP societies; a board member of Friends of the Garden and a member of the Rotary Club of Springfield. In 1976, he traveled to India as a member of a Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange Team.

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