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Maryland Symphony Orchestra Presents 22nd Annual Salute to Independence

Maryland Symphony Orchestra Presents 22nd Annual Salute to Independence


HAGERSTOWN, MD- The Maryland Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Elizabeth Schulze kick off the MSO's 26th Season at 7:30 p.m. on July 7, 2007 with the 22nd Annual Salute to Independence concert at Antietam National Battlefield in Sharpsburg, Maryland.
This free celebration of is one of Maryland's signature outdoor music experiences, attracting more than 35,000 concert-goers each year. The MSO performs all your patriotic favorites: the Star Spangled Banner, Maryland, My Maryland, the Armed Forces Salute, Sing Out America, Sousa's Liberty Bell March, Fanfare for the Common Man, an American Civil War Fantasy and Maryland composer Michael Mogensen's Chapter Finál. The MSO will celebrate the magic of the movies in a preview of this September's MSO Pops concert - A Tribute to the Music of John William's with The Star Wars Medley. The thundering cannons of the 1812 Overture and a rousing rendition of the Stars and Stripes Forever bring the concert to a close, while the night explodes in a breathtaking fireworks finale by Zambelli Internationale.
Concertgoers are reminded to wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes, bring wet weather gear, lawn chairs or blankets to sit on, and a flashlight. Canopies and beach umbrellas are permitted, but must be taken down prior to the beginning of the concert.
Attendees may bring food into the Park but charcoal grills are not allowed. Food and souvenir concessions and portable restrooms, including handicapped-accessible facilities, are available on the premises. The Maryland Symphony Orchestra Guild Symphony Store will be open throughout the evening, selling concert tee-shirts, musically-themed items and 4th of July specialties.
Sponsors for the Salute to Independence are Susquehanna Bank, the National Park Service, the Washington County Board of County Commissioners, the Herald-Mail Newspapers, the Hagerstown/Washington County Convention and Visitor's Bureau, Volvo Powertrain North America, Mark and Marlene Young and Family, Antietam Cable Television, Massey Lincoln Mercury Hyundai, Greg and Ruthann Snook, and Clopper-Michael Post #10 American Legion, Unit #10 Auxiliary, Squadron #10 Sons of the American Legion. Information about the Maryland Symphony Orchestra is available at www.marylandsymphony.org.
This year marks the 22nd Anniversary of the Salute to Independence event at Antietam National Battlefield. Antietam is one of America's National Parks and the site of the bloodiest single day of the Civil War and American history on September 17, 1862. Additional information on the Park and Battle of Antietam can be found at www.nps.gov/anti. Volunteers for the Salute to Independence event are organized by ANTIETAM PARTNERS, the park's nonprofit cooperating group. Please visit www.VirtualAntietam.com to learn more about the ANTIETAM PARTNER program and how you can help preserve, protect and enhance Antietam National Battlefield.

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