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Maryland Symphony Orchestra Presents 28th Annual Salute to Independence Concert at Antietam National Battlefield

Maryland Symphony Orchestra Presents 28th Annual Salute to Independence Concert at Antietam National Battlefield

HAGERSTOWN, MD -- The Maryland Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Elizabeth Schulze will kick off the MSO's 32nd Season on Saturday, July 6 with the 28th annual Salute to Independence Concert at Antietam National Battlefield in Sharpsburg, MD. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m.
This free celebration has become one of Maryland's signature patriotic outdoor events and attracts more than 35,000 concert-goers each year. In recent years it has been recognized by the American Bus Association as one of the "Top 100 Events in North America."
"The Maryland Symphony is proud to give back to the community through this annual concert that honors those men and women who have served our country in the past, as well as those currently serving throughout the world," states Michael Jonnes, executive director of the MSO. "The MSO could not do this alone. We are very grateful for the corporate and individual support we receive each year that enables us to produce a concert of this magnitude."
The concert will feature local singer/songwriter Jennie Avila performing her original compositions based on true stories from the Civil War experience here in Washington County. The Master of Ceremonies will be Christopher Boyer, a Washington County native and an actor currently residing in Los Angeles, whose most recent role was as Robert E. Lee in the film Lincoln.
The orchestra will also be performing such crowd pleasing favorites as John Phillip Sousa's Stars and Stripes Forever, Aaron Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man, Morton Gould's American Salute, and Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture.
The evening will end with a spectacular fireworks display sponsored by PNC Bank and produced by Bay Fireworks of Farmingdale, NY.
Event partners for the 28th Annual 'Salute' are the National Park Service at Antietam National Battlefield and Washington County, MD. Liberty sponsors are FirstEnergy Foundation on behalf of Potomac Edison, Antietam Cable Television and The Alice Virginia and David W. Fletcher Foundation, Inc.
Antietam National Battlefield is one of America's National Parks and is the site of the bloodiest one day battle in American history. On September 17, 1862 more than 23,000 soldiers were killed, wounded or declared missing in action after 12 hours of savage combat. For more information on the Battlefield,
The Maryland Symphony Orchestra is supported by a grant from the Maryland States Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive.
The Maryland Symphony Orchestra is celebrating its 32nd Season as the area's premier professional orchestra, dedicated to providing musical performances that educate and entertain, while enhancing the cultural environment of Western Maryland and the surrounding region.

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