Concerts make summer sound great

June 12, 1996|By Tamara Ikenberg | Tamara Ikenberg,SUN STAFF

Against a booming background of fireworks, the Baltimore Symphony's Oregon Ridge concert series attracts children, families and lovers with its varied repertoire.

"It gives people an opportunity to enjoy fantastic music in a very relaxed outdoor setting," said new assistant conductor Daniel Hege, 30, who will be conducting the series, which runs from July 3 through Aug. 3. Hege is fresh from his position as associate director of the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra.

The annual celebration kicks off with a traditional Independence Day theme concert, including Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture." Pomp and patriotism give way to love and longing with a romantic repertoire featuring classics such as Tchaikovsky's "Romeo and Juliet."

"The romantic works usually bring the couples," said Christie Starrett, public relations assistant for the BSO.

A novel combination of classical, jazz, country and bluegrass music follows as master fiddler Mark O'Connor appears with the BSO.

"There's no doubt about it, this guy is fantastic," said Hege, also music director of the Chicago Youth Symphony. "He comes at it from the right direction."

The festivities conclude with a family-oriented pop-classical adventure with everything from Pocahontas to Prokofiev.

Also scheduled are concerts June 29 at Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold; July 2 at the Strathmore Hall Arts Center in Bethesda; July 7 at Wolf Trap in Vienna, Va.; and July 20 at Baltimore's Artscape '96.

On July 12, the BSO and Summer MusicFest artistic director Pinchas Zukerman will open the Summer MusicFest series at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Each concert is followed by a dance party, featuring live bands and refreshments.

"Viennese Night," at which guest conductor Mario Venzago will present European staples from Strauss waltzes to polkas, and an all-Mozart program are among the scheduled Summer MusicFest offerings.

MusicFest tickets cost $11 to $27. Tickets for the July 12 opening concert are $15 to $32.

Oregon Ridge schedule

Wednesday, July 3 and Thursday, July 4: A "Star-Spangled Spectacular," including Sousa marches and other traditional favorites.

Friday, July 19: An evening of romantic works performed by Baltimore Symphony Orchestra violist Christian Colberg.

Saturday, July 20: "Fiddle Works and Fireworks" features master fiddler Mark O'Connor playing "Ashokan Farewell," "Orange Blossom Special" and much more.

Saturday, Aug. 3: "Family Fun and Fireworks" offers classical music made popular by movies and television, as well as selections from various movie soundtracks including "Jurassic Park."

Tickets for the Oregon Ridge concerts are $12 in advance and $13 at the gate for adults, and $6 for children. Tickets are available through the BSO box office in advance or at Oregon Ridge on concert evenings. Discounts are available for groups of 20 or more.

For more information on Oregon Ridge or MusicFest shows, or to buy tickets using a credit card, call (410) 783-8000.

Pub Date: 6/12/96

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