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Official Poster Design Chosen for 23rd Annual "Maryland Symphony Orchestra's Salute to Independence at Antietam National Battlefield"

Image attached: Official Poster of the Salute to Independence, includes graphic design by award-winning Jay Wilson. The Maryland Symphony Concert and fireworks at the Antietam National Battlefield has been called "MarylandR17;s Most Patriotic Event" and takes place this year on July 5th.



Official Poster Design Chosen for 23rd Annual "Maryland Symphony Orchestra's Salute to Independence at Antietam National Battlefield"

(Hagerstown, MD) - The official poster of the 23rd Annual Salute to Independence at Antietam National Battlefield has been unveiled. The poster was produced by the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau, in co-operation with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra and the Washington County Arts Council.
Limited edition copies of the poster will be available for sale at the Maryland Symphony Orchestra Guild's booth at the Salute to Independence concert.
The graphic design was created by the nationally award-winning artist, Jay Wilson. Born in 1947 in Clarksburg, West Virginia, Wilson has a Bachelor of Architecture from Auburn University in Alabama. His artistic works are in the permanent collections of the Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum; Wolfsonian Museum, Miami; City and County of Honolulu; The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu; and the Hawai'i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts. Jay Wilson created and designed the world-famous Hawaiian Tapestry (24-foot wide Glass Mosaic Mural) that graces the walls of the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu. Seen on network television, including a feature-length profile on Public Television, Jay Wilson is most well known for his intricate woven tapestries which often take years to complete, and are called "priceless examples of the most precious art."
The poster's American Flag design is reminiscent of the huge flag that is raised over the outdoor concert stage.
The Salute to Independence takes place on July 5th at the Antietam National Battlefield, with the MSO concert beginning at 7:30pm. A fireworks show, said to be bigger and better than ever, will take place at the conclusion of the musical performance, and accompanying the concert will be several cannons from the Maryland National Guard. New this year is a fly-over performed by several historic aircraft from the Hagerstown Aviation Museum.
This free celebration has become one of MarylandR17;s signature outdoor events and attracts upwards of 35,000 concert-goers each year. Tom Riford, the President and CEO of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau, will again be the Master of Ceremonies and Announcer for the annual concert and celebration, which has been called "Maryland's Most Patriotic Event."
This year's concert will feature original compositions by Joseph McIntyre (Ghosts of Antietam), principal timpanist with the MSO, and Rob Hovermale (Soul's Journey), coordinator of visual and performing arts for Washington County Public Schools.
The orchestra will be performing such crowd pleasing favorites as John Phillip Sousa's The Liberty Bell and Stars and Stripes Forever marches, Aaron Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man and Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture with live cannon fire. Also featured will be Robert Lowden's Armed Forces Salute, Jerome Kern's Waltz in Swing Time and Morton Gould's Yankee Doodle Variations. Suzanne Mentzer, one of today's foremost mezzo-sopranos, will be the MSO's special guest artist for this year's Salute to Independence. Mentzer performed with the orchestra during the Silver Anniversary Season.
Tri-State Printing of Hagerstown assisted in the final production of the poster.

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