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MSO will perform at stadium

July 15, 1997


Staff Writer

In commemoration of the 135th observance of the Battle of Antietam, a Civil War concert and fireworks display will be held Saturday, Sept. 13, at Municipal Stadium, representatives of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra said Monday.

The performance will feature Civil War-era songs such as "Battle Hymn of the Republic" and "When Johnny Comes Marching Home," to a backdrop of synchronized fireworks, MSO officials said.

"We hope the concert will encourage tourists here for Antietam to also visit our fair city," Hagerstown Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II told a small crowd gathered at the stadium. The city is contributing $2,000 to cover police and public works services.


Tickets already are on sale. General admission for the grandstand, bleachers and lawn are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Reserved box seats are $15.

MSO director Barry Tuckwell said the concert program will be as patriotic as MSO's annual Fourth of July celebration concert, "but much more in keeping with the Civil War and in particular the Battle of Antietam."

There will be a balance of Union and Confederate songs, and contemporary works such as "Gettysburg Suite" from the movie "Gettysburg."

Winston Blenckstone, owner of the Hagerstown Suns, said he supports more non-baseball events at the stadium. "We'd like to see the MSO concert become an annual event," he said.

MSO officials said outdoor concerts are risky because of rain. Marc Levy, MSO managing director, said ticket refunds will be available if rain prevents the concert from starting, but not if the skies open up during the event.

Total cost of the concert and fireworks is $48,000, of which $35,000 is expected in ticket sales, Levy said. The rest is to come from private sponsors.

Home Federal Savings Bank of Hagerstown, which is donating $7,500, is a regular sponsor of MSO community concerts, according to Richard Phoebus, president and CEO.

He said the financial institution is especially supportive of this one. "We liked the idea of having it close in to the city for people who may have a hard time getting to Antietam," he said.

Antietam Health Services and McDonald's also are sponsors.

Tickets are on sale at the following locations: Home Federal Savings Bank branch locations throughout Washington County, Saum's Jewelers at 2-4 W. Washington St. and the MSO office at 13 S. Potomac St. Phone calls may be made to 1-888-248-4597.

Gates will open at 6 p.m. Coolers and picnic baskets are not allowed in the stadium, but food concessions will be available.

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