River Concert Series: Golden Era of Musicals Comes Alive July 10 - Southern Maryland Headline News

River Concert Series: Golden Era of Musicals Comes Alive July 10

Featuring the Chesapeake Orchestra with Larry Vote as Guest Conductor

ST. MARY’S CITY, Md. (July 6, 2009) — It will indeed be “Some Enchanted Evening” Friday, July 10, as the St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM) River Concert Series brings the wildly popular music of such Broadway shows as South Pacific, The Sound of Music, and Oklahoma! by award-winning songwriters Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein to the stage. The 11th year of the campus’s summer evening entertainment will feature world-class music and food from local vendors. Gates open at 5 p.m. and concerts start at 7 p.m. The concerts are free and open to the public, and picnic baskets are welcome.

Guest conductor Larry Vote, SMCM professor of music and college provost, will lead the Chesapeake Orchestra in well-known favorites such as “Younger than Springtime,” “My Favorite Things,” “I Whistle a Happy Tune,” and “There is Nothing Like a Dame.”

Guest artists include soprano Diane Atherton, who has entertained in every major music hall in the British Isles: mezzo-soprano Olivia Vote, a resident artist with the Academy of Vocal Arts; tenor Stephen Cramer, here last year with a tribute to Gilbert and Sullivan; and baritone Robert McDonald, a regular in musicals in Washington, D.C. Atherton has sung at the premiere of Kleiburg’s Requiem at Washington’s National Cathedral and performed such classical pieces as Handel’s Messiah and Mahler’s Symphony No. 8.

The goal of the River Concert Series is to assist in economically enhancing the region and cultivating a cultural tourist destination by organizing arts and historical offerings. In 1999, the Chesapeake Orchestra began a residency relationship with SMCM with the initiation of the River Concert Series. Since then, the Chesapeake Orchestra has sought to provide musical programming to reach the broadest possible audience.

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