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"American Remembrance"
Saturday, May 5th at 7:30pm EST
Online sale ends: 05/05/18 at 6:30pm EST
Bel Air High School
100 Heighe Street
Bel Air, MD 21014
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Carolyn Black-Sotir

Benny Russell


The SSO’s last concert of its subscription season is entitled “American Remembrance”.   This is our annual side-by-side concert at which talented local youth join the ranks of the orchestra for the concert.  Harford Youth Orchestra conductor Brian Folus will begin the concert with Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man”.  This will be followed by two works, which commemorate the 50th anniversary of the assassinations of Marin Luther King, Jr. and Bobby Kennedy.  Local composer and jazz artist Benny Russell is composing a work for the SSO entitled “A Man of Peace”.  This will be followed by Raymond Horton’s “Make Gentle the Life of this World” which uses the audio from the actual speech Bobby Kennedy gave in Indianapolis on the evening of the assassination of MLK, Jr.   The SSO performed this work several years ago and the audience was quite moved by the experience.


After intermission, Sheldon Bair’s own “This We’ll Defend”, based on popular Army tunes and written for the 100th anniversary of Aberdeen Proving Ground, will be performed once again.  “This We’ll Defend” was well received at the SSO’s June 2017 outdoor concert! 


Connecticut composer, and SSO favorite, Gwyneth Walker has orchestrated and arranged a suite of four spirituals entitled “The Promised Land” for soprano and orchestra.  Long time SSO soloist and friend-of-the-orchestra Carolyn Black-Sotir will join us for this performance, which is sure to be a crowd-pleaser!  


The May concert will end with a rousing and fun-filled performance of Duke Ellington’s “Caravan”, filled with hope and goodwill!

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7:30pm to 9:30pm
Doors open at 7:30pm

Adult: $20.00
Senior: $15.00
Student/Child: $10.00

Bel Air High School<br> 100 Heighe Street<br> Bel Air, 21014



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