The Anne Arundel outdoor concert season's most popular annual event transcended big to become enormous Saturday when the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra came to Anne Arundel Community College's Siegert Field.
County Executive Janet S. Owens looked delighted and astonished when she announced a record turnout of 10,000 for the fifth annual pre-Fourth of July concert.
Later estimates put the crowd at twice that size. Fran Turcott, a spokeswoman for Anne Arundel Community College, said event organizers and the campus security office reported a turnout of 20,000.
The crowd, acting as "full chorus," belted out "Sing Out, America," led by maestro Daniel Hege.
The BSO offered patriotic selections in the first half of its performance, followed by "Star Wars" music to accompany the fireworks in the second.
The BSO presented a concert including "National Emblem March," "Americana Overture" and "Stars and Stripes Forever." As is customary at these concerts, former members of the armed forces were asked to stand during the playing of their branch's song in "Armed Forces Medley."
The "Star Wars" selections included "The Imperial March" with accompanying fireworks in red and white. The jazzy "Cantina Band" segment featured gold and white fireworks that spread out, filling the sky with a sizzling sound.
"Star Wars" ended with "Throne Room," accompanied by an even more spectacular fireworks display. The crowd gave the BSO a standing ovation.