It's been said, build them a stadium and they'll all hum

April 03, 1992|By Linell Smith | Linell Smith,Staff Writer

Opening Day will resound with the music of Baltimore's "other Major League team" when roughly 85 musicians of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra christen the new ballpark with its first Star-Spangled Banner.

David Zinman will conduct the orchestra on the grass just behind second base about 3 p.m. Monday -- unless it rains or snows. Temperatures in the 40s would also strike the orchestra.

Eighty members of the Morgan State University Choir, directed by Nathan Carter, will sing the national anthem with or without the BSO. The choir will also sing the state and city anthems.

Special considerations for the performance:

* All musicians will play from memory.

* They will all stand -- except for the cellists who will place their chairs on plywood to protect the grass. Basses will use plywood hTC squares to protect the field against their end pins.

* No harp, no timpani.

* Musicians will wear tuxedos or knee-length black dresses. The women will wear flat black shoes; heels might damage the field.

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