Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley will narrate a performance at the Maryland Symphony Orchestra’s annual “Salute to Independence” concert next month.
O’Malley will narrate Aaron Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait,” an orchestral work that “incorporates the reading of excerpts from Lincoln’s great documents,” according to the MSO.
The concert will be July 7 at 7:30 p.m. at Antietam National Battlefield in Sharpsburg.
In a statement issued by the MSO, O’Malley said: “I’m honored to serve as guest narrator and have the opportunity to bring the inspirational words of President Lincoln to life. As the governor of a state that played a pivotal role in the Civil War, it is especially meaningful for me to be at Antietam on the eve of the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Antietam.”
This year marks the 27th anniversary of the “Salute to Independence.”
The MSO, under the direction of Music Director Elizabeth Schulze, also will perform Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture”; Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man”; the Armed Forces Salute; and two of John Philip Sousa’s marches, “The Liberty Bell” and “Stars and Stripes Forever.”
Scott Sabo, principal trumpet player with the orchestra, will be featured on John Williams’ “Born on the Fourth of July” and Nini Rosso’s “Il Silenzio.”
The master of ceremonies will be Ryan Wagner, the voice of Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
The evening will end with a fireworks display sponsored by PNC Bank and produced by Bay Fireworks of Farmingdale, N.Y.