SHARPSBURG - Maryland Symphony Orchestra will present the 12th annual Salute to Independence at Antietam National Battlefield on Md. 65 Saturday, July 5, at 7:30 p.m.
Maestro Barry Tuckwell, founding music director, will conduct a program of light classical and patriotic music. Maryland Army National Guard, B Battalion will provide the cannon fire during Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture" and Zambelli Internationale will provide the dazzling fireworks finale to "God Bless America."
Robert Aubrey Davis of WETA/WETH 89.1 FM will serve as master of ceremonies.
Admission is free, but donations will be accepted. The celebration is sponsored by Farmers & Merchants Bank and Trust, with additional funding provided by Antietam Cable Television Inc., The Herald-Mail Co., National Park Service and Washington County Gaming Commission.
Members of Escapade Theatre Co.'s "The Wizard of Oz" cast will perform before the concert from about 5:30 to 7 p.m. The show will be presented July 25 to 27 at The Maryland Theatre.