BSO to perform patriotic music June 29

June 21, 1996|By Phil Greenfield | Phil Greenfield,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

When the genie of nationalism escaped from its bottle in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, it immediately began to inspire impassioned, stirring music that would hold the world in its grip and never let go.

From the "Marseillaise" to to Smetana's famous river journey down "The Moldau," love of country quickly became synonymous with love of music.

It is in this spirit that the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra comes to Anne Arundel for "A Star-Spangled Celebration" from 5: 30 p.m. to 10 p.m. June 29 at Siegert Field on the campus of Anne Arundel Community College.

The BSO will be directed by Daniel Hege, the orchestra's new assistant conductor, who will preside over Aaron Copland's majestic "Fanfare for the Common Man," Morton Gould's spirited "American Salute," Samuel Barber's sublime "Adagio for Strings" and the suite from Richard Rodgers' "Victory at Sea." Sousa marches and Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture" will fill out the program.

Hege, 30, also serves as associate conductor of the Kansas City Symphony and director of Chicago's superb Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Some local performing arts organizations also will take part.

From 5: 30 p.m. to 6: 10 p.m., the Crabtowne Big Band will contribute swing classics by Duke Ellington, Count Basie and others.

At 6: 15 p.m., Ernest Green's Annapolis Chorale teams with pianist Stef Scaggiari and singer Tony Spencer to present musical theater hits, followed by Edward Stewart's Ballet Theatre of Annapolis from 6: 50 p.m. to 7: 10 p.m.

The program, sponsored by the Cultural Arts Foundation of Anne Arundel County, is free, but donations will be accepted.

Information: 222-7949.

Pub Date: 6/21/96

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