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MSO to perform at Antietam

June 30, 1999|By MEG H. PARTINGTON

The Maryland Symphony Orchestra's Salute to Independence will bring concertgoers a little Broadway, a little Hollywood and a lot of patriotism.

[cont. from lifestyle]

The 14th annual concert is at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 3, at Antietam National Battlefield in Sharpsburg. Thirty minutes before the show, a C-130 from the 167th Airlift Wing of West Virginia Air National Guard will fly over the battlefield.

Music Director Elizabeth Schulze describes the music program as "a mixture of things that will be incredibly familiar."

Among the well-known works will be Pyotr Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture," during which the Maryland Army National Guard, B Battalion, will provide cannon fire. The finale will be John Philip Sousa's "Stars and Stripes Forever," which will be followed by fireworks from Zambelli Internationale.

Some of the not-so-familiar pieces will be Victor Herbert's "American Fantasy," a medley of favorite Civil War tunes that was composed near the end of the 19th century. At one point in the piece, "Dixie" will be played against "The Star-Spangled Banner," Schulze says, and you can bet the banner wins.

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"It's sort of a mini-musical Civil War," Schulze says.

Also on the program are Morton Gould's "American Salute" and Bruce Chase's arrangement of "Broadway Tonight," a conglomeration of tunes, including "Everything's Coming Up Roses," "My Favorite Things" and "People."

John Williams' "Star Wars Medley" will hearken listeners back to the original space trilogy, when Darth Vader was all grown up.

There is no cost to attend the concert, but donations will be accepted at the battlefield. Donations also may be sent to Maryland Symphony Orchestra, 13 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown, Md. 21740.

Wear outdoor clothing and comfortable walking shoes. Bring gear for wet weather, lawn chairs and blankets to sit on, a picnic, drinks and a flashlight. Make sure to warm up your vocal chords, too.

"The audience should be prepared for a sing-along," Schulze says. "It's just a fun time for everyone."

Food will be sold at a concession stand operated by Sharpsburg Volunteer Fire Co.

A shuttle bus will tote attendees from the C&O Canal parking lot on Md. 34 in Sharpsburg to the battlefield. The cost is $1 round-trip.

For information, call the MSO at 301-797-4000.

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