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River Concert Series Music Festival Starts June 18


May 26, 2010
Press Release #10-087

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The St. Mary's College of Maryland (SMCM) River Concert Series is right around the corner!  The 12th year of the weekly world-class music celebration begins Friday, June 18, and continues every Friday through July 30.  Enjoy outstanding music and delicious food from local vendors.  Gates open at 5 p.m. and concerts start at 7 p.m.  Renowned guest artists join music director Jeffrey Silberschlag and the Chesapeake Orchestra, with a fireworks display over the St. Mary's River July 2.  These outdoor concerts are free and open to the public, and picnic baskets are welcome.  For more information, visit the River Concert Series Web site at www.riverconcertseries.com or call 240-895-3038.

The seven-week River Concert Series festival is expected to draw about 40,000 fans.  The event has entertained more than 400,000 during its 11-year history. Broadway star and Tony Award-nominated singer Kate Baldwin will join our stage for the season finale on July 30 just after a performance of Beethoven's monumental Fifth Symphony.  For the night of June 18, accomplished jazz and classical pianist Jeffrey Chappell joins Silberschlag and the Chesapeake Orchestra for Samuel Barber's Piano Concerto; the program also features Robert Schumann's First Symphony "Spring" in celebration of both composers' birthdays.  The night of June 25 will feature Giuseppe Nova, internationally acclaimed flutist from Italy and faculty member in the college's program in Alba, as well as renowned guitarist and SMCM faculty member Orlando Roman. Fireworks will fill the sky over the St. Mary's River July 2 as both the college's own Brian Ganz and the Sax Quartet from the "President's Own Marine Band" perform with the Chesapeake Orchestra. The concert features the works of John Williams, Gershwin, and the Sousa Marches.
 
Larry Vote, St. Mary's College provost and a Helen Hayes Award winner, will guest conduct the Chesapeake Orchestra July 9 in an evening of opera aria favorites featuring Michelle Johnson, soprano; Olivia Vote, mezzo soprano; and Brian Major, baritone.  The July 16 concert will welcome the first annual Young Artist Concerto Competition winners.  The orchestra will also perform the world premiere of William Kleinssaser's "Many Rivers" and Prokofiev's "Symphony No. 5."  St. Mary's faculty artist and internationally renowned violinist José Cueto will perform Lalo's "Symphony espagnole." The evening will also feature a celebration of Mahler's 150th birthday anniversary with a performance of his powerful seventh symphony. 

Below is the 2010 River Concert schedule:

June 18-Birthday Boys:
Silberschlag and the Chesapeake Orchestra celebrate the birthdays of Samuel Barber and Robert Schumann, featuring classical and jazz pianist Jeffrey Chappell. Chappell has performed with such orchestras as the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Washington Symphony Orchestra, and the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra, among many others.

June 25-Trills and Thrills:
Internationally acclaimed flutist Giuseppe Nova, guitarist Orlando Roman, and harpist Floreleda Sacchi will join Silberschlag and the Chesapeake Orchestra for an evening of music, including Stravinsky's "Pulcinella Suite" and Richard Strauss' "Bourgeois Gentilhomme Suite."  Italian-born Nova is a faculty member in the college's Alba, Italy, study abroad program.  Roman is a guitar instructor at SMCM and has participated in numerous performances throughout the United States, Mexico, Spain, Germany, Colombia, Cuba, and Eastern Europe.

July 2-Summon the Heroes:
Silberschlag and the Chesapeake Orchestra welcome the Fourth of July weekend with music from John Williams, George Gershwin, and the Sousa Marches, featuring SMCM's Brian Ganz, piano, and the Sax Quartet from the "President's Own Marine Band."  This night concludes with fireworks.  Ganz is artist-in-residence at the college and has appeared as soloist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic (of Russia), the National Symphony, the City of London Sinfonia, and the L'Orchestre Lamoureux, among many others.

July 9-A Grand Night of Singing:
The Chesapeake Orchestra and Helen Hayes Award winner Larry Vote, guest conductor, welcome Michelle Johnson, soprano; Olivia Vote, mezzo soprano; and Brian Major, baritone; for an evening of opera aria highlights.

July 16-Young and Gifted II:
Silberschlag and the Chesapeake Orchestra welcome the first annual Young Artist Concerto Competition winners Nina DeCesare, bass, and Brian Hong, violin.  The Chesapeake Orchestra will also perform the world premiere of William Kleinssaser's "Many Rivers" and Prokofiev's "Symphony No. 5." 

July 23-Jose in Vienna!:
Silberschlag and the Chesapeake Orchestra celebrate Mahler's 150th birthday anniversary with a performance of "Symphony No. 7."  St. Mary's College's artist-in-residence, violinist José Cueto, will perform Mendelssohn's "Violin Concerto."

July 30-The Grand Finale:
Silberschlag and the Chesapeake Orchestra welcome 2010 Tony Award-nominated Broadway singing sensation Kate Baldwin.  Baldwin was nominated for the Tony Award for her current performance of Finian's Rainbow.  

Silberschlag, music director and conductor of the River Concert Series, Chesapeake Orchestra, and the Italian Alba Music Festival, has recorded with the London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Warsaw Philharmonic and Czech Radio Orchestra. His performances have been hailed by European critics as thrilling, compelling and outstanding.  Silberschlag has collaborated with such artists as Hilary Hahn, Lara St. John, Terence Blanchard, the Ahn Trio, and Jane Monheit.

River Concert Series sponsors include the following: AMELEX, ARINC, ASEC, Arts Alliance of St. Mary's College of Maryland, BAE Systems, Boeing, Booz Allen Hamilton, Cherry Cove Hospitality, Comcast Cable Communications, Compass Systems, CSC, DSC Corp, Eagle Systems, Giant, G&H Jewelers, L-3 Communications, Lockheed Martin, LSI, ManTech International Corporation, Maryland Bank and Trust, Maryland Public Television, Maryland State Arts Council, MetroCast Communications, Navmar, Northrup Grumman, NTA, Phocus Video, Raytheon, River Concert Series Audience, RMC, Rollout Systems, Sabre Systems, SAIC, Sikorsky, Smartronix, St. Mary's County Arts Council, St. Mary's County Government, Target, Taylor Gas, W.M. Davis, Wyle, and Yamaha Pianos.

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 came into 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. 

St. Mary's College of Maryland, designated the Maryland state honors college in 1992, is ranked one of the best liberal arts schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger's, and The Princeton Review. Founded in 1840 as Maryland's "monument school" commemorating the state's first capital, SMCM is the state's only public honors college.

More than 2,000 students attend the college, which has the highest graduation rate for all Maryland public colleges and universities. The school's waterfront campus along the St. Mary's River in Southern Maryland is home to the 2009 National Intercollegiate Sailing Association Co-ed champions.