BSO, groups set for fireworks

Concert: An outdoor July Fourth celebration Saturday will feature the orchestra and local musical ensembles.

June 24, 1999|By Mary Johnson | Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

For the fourth year in a row Saturday, Anne Arundel County and the county's Cultural Arts Foundation will sponsor a Star-Spangled Celebration for Independence Day featuring the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

Local talent will be showcased before the orchestra performs at Anne Arundel Community College's Siegert Field.

Crabtowne Big Band, an 18-piece swing band, will lead off the entertainment, playing the music of Duke Ellington and Count Basie and contemporary pop tunes starting at 5: 30 p.m.

Formed in 1981 in Anne Arundel County, Crabtowne Big Band has been entertaining local ballroom dancers ever since -- currently every Wednesday at Surfside 7 in Edgewater.

Three distinctive vocal groups will follow the Crabtowners. The Annapolis Chorale, directed by J. Ernest Greene, will return for the fourth year. The chorale will sing show tunes of Broadway legends -- from Cole Porter to Andrew Lloyd Webber.

The Annapolis Vocal Corps, a seven-member a capella group, will return for its second appearance on AACC's campus. AVC will bring its barbershop harmonies to hit songs from the past 50 years.

The Senior Ensemble of Maryland Sings will make its first appearance at AACC this year. Formed 10 years ago and based in Baltimore County, Maryland Sings is made up of the Children's Chorus (ages 10 to 12), the Intermediate Ensemble (12 to 15) and the Senior Ensemble (16 to 23). The program will include "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" and an upbeat medley, "Disney Dazzle," featuring recent Disney songs such as "Beauty and the Beast" and "Arabian Nights." Music director Bill Myers will conduct. Three Severna Park teens will sing with the senior ensemble: Clayton McCarl, a freshman at Severn School; Katie Roundy, a junior at Severna Park High School; and Kathleen Scott, a junior at Baltimore School for the Arts.

At 8: 15 p.m., assistant conductor Daniel Hege will take the podium to conduct the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in a patriotic program that includes "An Americana Overture," marches by John Philip Sousa, selections from Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Oklahoma" and the medley "Sing Out, America."

After a 15-minute intermission the BSO will return -- not for the usual "1812 Overture," but for John Williams' "Star Wars Suite" with a fireworks accompaniment.

The concert will end about 10 p.m. In the event of rain, it will be performed Sunday night.

Concert-goers can bring folding chairs, blankets and picnic baskets to s Siegert Field, which has open bleacher and lawn seating. Food will be sold.

Admission is free, but donations will be accepted to benefit county arts groups. Information: call 410-222-7949 or artsfdn@aol.com.

Community columnist Joni Guhne contributed to this article.

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