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Star-Spangled Spectacular concert at Pier Six features BSO, diverse lineup
Star-Spangled Spectacular concert at Pier Six features BSO, diverse lineup

Far from the smoothest production imaginable, and a little too reminiscent of a typical, lightweight PBS fundraiser, the "Star-Spangled Spectacular" concert Saturday night at Pier Six nonetheless delivered a decent level of entertainment for a sizable, enthusiastic crowd. In his opening remarks, the host, actor John Lithgow, called the program "a tribute to a great national treasure, American music." That meant mostly the pop side of the musical spectrum, of course, since this event was nationally broadcast and nothing too classical would likely have been approved. Still, it was good to see the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, led by music director Marin Alsop with her...

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