Md. Orchestra Seeks Funds For Battlefield Concert

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — The Maryland Symphony Orchestra is starting a campaign for private donations to sustain its annual Salute to Independence concert at Antietam National Battlefield near Sharpsburg.

Officials of the Hagerstown-based group plans to announce details of the campaign at a Wednesday morning news conference.

Interim Executive Director April Dowler says the orchestra needs to raise $50,000 by May 1 to offset a decline in corporate sponsorship. Orchestra spokesman Gregory Evans says the financial commitment of the National Park Service is also in jeopardy.

The free concert typically draws about 35,000 people to the battlefield. It features fireworks and cannon fire during the “1812 Overture.”

This would be the 26th year of the concert. It’s currently scheduled for July 2.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  1. BelAir Steve says:

    Here’s an idea, charge people $2.00 to enter the concert. People wouldn’t balk at such a low ticket price and it would raise $70,000.00.

    (35,000 people x $2.00= $70,000 for those readers from Glen Burnie)

    Problem solved.

    1. Greg Evans says:

      Unfortunately, the concert is held on a national battlefield and no admission or fees can be charged.

  2. Bernard F Mc Kernan says:

    Steve, That’s cold!

  3. edthe bed says:

    Let them have a fund raiser like kids do in schools. Sell pizza, cookies. What? they are beneath that? Let the state & city come up with the money & take it out of the monthly checks for welfare bunnies.

  4. PAUL E. MICELLI says:

    WAY TO GO BELAIR STEVE, WITH COMMON SENSE YOU SHOULD RUN FOR PUBLIC OFFICE. WE NEED COMMON SENSE IN OUR GOVERNING BODIES.

    1. BelAir Steve says:

      It is my common sense which is keeping me from running for public office Paul.

  5. Michael Black says:

    Here’s to your nazi tactics of censorship refusing to publish my comments. Did this paper ever here of freedom of the press or freedom of speech. This paper has no interest in truth.
    peoplesconstitutionalparty@yahoo.com

    1. Edthe bed says:

      Michael, STFU…..Go to Germany dic head.

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