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The Baltimore Sun

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's annual SummerFest will emphasize lighter classics and popular music this year.

The festival opens with a showing of the screen classic The Wizard of Oz. The BSO, led by Constantine Kitsopoulos, will perform the soundtrack in these concerts June 21 and 22 at the Music Center at Strathmore and June 23 at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.

A cirque theme will find a troupe of acrobats, aerialists and more sharing the stage when Andrew Constantine conducts such works as Khachaturian's Sabre Dance and Dvorak's Carnival on July 12 at Strathmore and July 13 at Meyerhoff.

Jazz clarinetist Paquito D'Rivera joins Constantine and the BSO for a Latin-flavored program, including works by Ernesto Lecuona and Astor Piazzola, July 19 at Strathmore and July 20 at Meyerhoff.

The indoor part of the festival will close with Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, conducted by Carlos Kalmar and featuring the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, July 26 at Strathmore and July 27 at Meyerhoff.

Tickets for The Wizard of Oz presentation are $25 to $65 at Strathmore, $12.50 to $65 at Meyerhoff. Other indoor SummerFest concerts are $30 at Strathmore, $12.50 to $35 at Meyerhoff.

Outdoors, at Oregon Ridge in Cockeysville, the BSO's summer lineup will open with the traditional patriotic-theme program, led for the first time by music director-designate Marin Alsop. The program includes a Russian favorite, Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture. Performances are July 3 and 4.

Constantine will lead a Broadway program, ranging from Cole Porter classics to The Producers, July 14. Movies will be the focus July 28, when Constantine conducts selections from Lawrence of Arabia, Harry Potter and others.

Fireworks will follow all Oregon Ridge performances. Tickets are $7 to $17 ($9 to $20 July 3 and 4).

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