Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Kicks Off Summer Season with Star-Spangled Spectacular

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra announces 2nd annual “O, Say Can You Sing Contest”
winner to perform national anthem with Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will kick off its 2009 summer season at Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville, Md. on July 3 and 4 at 8:00 p.m. with Star-Spangled Spectacular, an all-American salute to our nation’s founding. Guest conductor Damon Gupton will lead the BSO in classical patriotic favorites including Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture and Sousa’s Stars and Stripes Forever. Each concert will begin with the national anthem led by the winner(s) of the BSO’s “O, Say Can You Sing” competition and end with a dazzling fireworks display. Last season, more than 60 contestants auditioned for the chance to sing the National Anthem alongside the BSO. Nine-year-old Maya Goldman of Columbia and 13-year-old Vibav Mouli of Reisterstown snagged the coveted positions. These gifted youngsters not only performed with the BSO, but were also featured on several local TV and radio programs. Maya has even been invited back to perform “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” from the classic American film The Wizard of Oz, as part of this year’s Oregon Ridge concerts. The Baltimore Symphony invites another crop of talented singers aged 8-18 to audition on Monday, June 15, 2009 for this prestigious opportunity. Reagan Warfield from the 106.5 FM JoJo, Reagan and the Mix Morning Show will serve as celebrity judge alongside BSO staff members and local vocal experts. For more than 20 years, the BSO at Oregon Ridge has been a Baltimore-area summer tradition, drawing tens of thousands for family fun, music and fireworks in the wooded enclaves of the Cockeysville, Md. park. Concertgoers are invited to bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnic dinners for a full evening of entertainment with the BSO. Gates will open at 5:00 p.m. Patrons are invited to come early and enjoy dinner, drinks and desserts from local venders. Each concert begins at 8:00 p.m. and concludes with a brilliant fireworks display.

COMPLETE PROGRAM INFORMATION

Summer Nights: Star-Spangled Spectacular Oregon Ridge Park, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, MD 21030
Friday, July 3, 2009 at 8:00 p.m.*
Saturday, July 4, 2009 at 8:00 p.m.**

*Rain date will be July 4th concert.
**Rain date will be “The Music of John Williams” on July 25th.

Damon Gupton, conductor
Maya Goldman, vocalist
“O, Say Can You Sing” competition winner(s)

Tickets
Advance tickets are $18 for adults and $9 for children under 12 at the BSO Ticket Office, 410.783.8000, 877.BSO.1444 or BSOmusic.org.
If purchased at the gate, tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children under 12.

“O, Say Can You Sing” contest details:
“O, Say Can You Sing” the National Anthem with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra? Capitalizing on American Idol’s appeal among local tweens and teens for the second year, the BSO will host the singing competition, “O, Say Can You Sing.” Auditions will take place on Monday, June 15 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Contestants will vie for the chance to sing the national anthem alongside the BSO in front of thousands at the BSO’s annual Star-Spangled Spectacular concerts held at Oregon Ridge Park, July 3-4. The competition is open to singers age 8 to 18.

Contestants must be able to sing the “Star-Spangled Banner” in the key of B-flat or A-flat major along with an accompanist provided by the BSO. Contestants will not be allowed to sing without accompaniment. All entrants must be available for both performances. Reagan Warfield from the 106.5 FM JoJo, Reagan and the Mix Morning Show will serve as celebrity judge alongside BSO staff members and local vocal experts. Contestants will be judged on singing ability and stage presence.

Auditions will be by appointment only and parental permission will be required of all contestants under the age of 18. Contestants (or contestant’s parent/guardian) must email singingcontest@bsomusic.org by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, June 11, 2009 to register for an audition time. Registration must include the contestant’s name, email address, home and cell phone numbers, audition time preference and a brief paragraph explaining why the contestant would like to sing the National Anthem with the BSO. Audition times will be distributed on a “first come, first served” basis. Visit BSOmusic.org to download an information/waiver form which is required to audition.

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