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Southern Maryland’s Highly Anticipated River Concert Series Returns


June 18, 2014
Press Release #14-042

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St. Mary’s College of Maryland, along with the Chesapeake Orchestra and its Music Director Jeffrey Silberschlag, are proud to announce the program for the 16th Annual River Concert Series. The popular, family-friendly music festival will be held on the St. Mary’s College Townhouse Green every Friday evening starting at 7 p.m. (grounds opening at 5 p.m.) beginning June 20 and continuing through July 25. 

Acclaimed musicians and new artists will perform the sounds of classical composition, light classics, jazz, bluegrass and blues. St. Mary’s College students performing as musicians in the Chesapeake Orchestra include recent graduates Glenna Wong and Kaitlin Rose, first-year Henry Boyles, senior Maura Glascock, second-year Julia Maas and junior Amanda Durst.

Food and beverages, provided by local vendors, will be available for purchase on location. Attendees are also welcome to bring their own refreshments. Concerts are free and open to the public. For more information, visit the River Concert Series website at www.smcm.edu/riverconcert.

Full schedule:

June 20: The first concert entitled “In the beginning…Bach!” features the music of Bach, Tartini and Bolling. The music will feature Jeffrey Silberschlag as trumpet soloist.

June 27: This concert will explore the musical world during the American Revolution and feature the works of Haydn, Mozart and Schubert.

July 4: The Independence Day celebration will feature the works of Harry James, Tommy Dorsey, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman and more. The evening will also include fireworks.

July 11: “A Night at La Scala di Milano” will feature guest conductor Larry Vote and the River Concert Series Chorus performing the works of Strauss, Verdi, Wagner, Verdi and Puccini.

July 18:
The concert entitled “Sweatin’ to the Oldies” will feature a piano solo by Patrick Dheur and the works of Tchaikovsky and Franck.

July 25:
The final concert, entitled “The Story Tellers” will feature vocalist Maureen McGovern and a performance of Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade.”

About the Chesapeake Orchestra

The Chesapeake Orchestra is a non-profit, professional orchestra. Concerts are made possible through corporate and private donations and sponsorships.  Please visit the Chesapeake Orchestra website at www.chesapeakeorchestra.org to support the concerts and continue their free entrance admittance.

Director, Jeffery Silberschlag has performed as a conductor and trumpet soloist across the world. He is a 2011 winner of the Union Prize for Artistic and Cultural Achievements and 2009 recipient of the Governor’s Citation for Providing Music to the Southern Maryland Region. Additionally, the series is a recipient of the Maryland Tourism Impact award. Silberschlag is artistic director and head of performance activities as well as professor of music at St. Mary’s College.