Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Performs Music by John Williams
July 25th program at Oregon Ridge features scores from Star Wars, Harry Potter and more
Baltimore, Md. (June 25, 2009)— The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will end its 2009 summer season at Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville, Md. on Saturday, July 25 at 8:00 p.m. with music from Academy Award-winning composer John Williams. Guest conductor Steven Reineke will lead the BSO in a celebration of the great contemporary film composer featuring themes from Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Jaws and more.
John Williams’ widely successful career spans six decades. He has been the recipient of five Academy Awards, four Golden Globes and numerous Grammy Awards. Williams is most known for his film scores, in which he uses a leitmotif style to give characters individual theme songs. The two-note theme that indicates the shark in Jaws, for example, is almost universal in signifying danger. By composing the music for numerous blockbusters such as Superman, The Patriot and Harry Potter, Williams created some of the twentieth century’s most recognizable symphonic music.
The concert will open with the National Anthem, performed by 15-year-old twins, Lauren and Lindsay Satterfield, two of the winners of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s 2nd Annual “O, Say Can You Sing?” competition. They were among the 50 singers, ages 8-18, who competed for the honor of singing the Star-Spangled Banner with the BSO at the opening of the Oregon Ridge concerts.
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 vendors. The concert begins at 8:00 p.m. and concludes with a brilliant fireworks display.
Steven Reineke, conductor
Steven Reineke will begin his tenure as music director of The New York Pops in October 2009. He will conduct the orchestra’s annual concert series at Carnegie Hall as well as tours, recordings, and nationwide telecasts, including the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular on NBC Television. New York’s only permanent, and professional, symphonic pops orchestra, The New York Pops is the largest independent pops orchestra in the United States.
During the 2009-2010 season, Steven Reineke will also begin his tenure as principal pops conductor of the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra and embark on his second season as principal cops conductor of the Modesto Symphony Orchestra. In addition, he holds the title of associate conductor of the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, where for 13 years he has served as a composer, arranger and conducting protégé of the celebrated pops conductor Erich Kunzel.
Mr. Reineke’s recent guest conducting appearances include the orchestras of Los Angeles, Cincinnati, Houston, Dallas, Detroit, Indianapolis, Baltimore and Edmonton. In 2009, he makes his Boston Pops Orchestra debut. In 2008, Mr. Reineke made his Carnegie Hall debut conducting The New York Pops 25th Birthday Gala.
As the creator of more than 100 orchestral arrangements for the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Mr. Reineke’s work has been performed worldwide, and can be heard on numerous Cincinnati Pops Orchestra recordings on the Telarc label. Mr. Reineke is also an established symphonic composer. His works Celebration Fanfare, Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Casey at the Bat are performed frequently, with the most recent performances by the New York Philharmonic and Los Angeles Philharmonic in July 2008.
COMPLETE PROGRAM INFORMATION
Summer Nights: The Music of John Williams
Oregon Ridge Park, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, MD 21030
Saturday, July 25, 2009 at 8:00 p.m.
Steven Reineke, conductor
Lauren and Lindsay Satterfield, vocalists
Oregon Ridge Parking is free and available on-site.