Categories: Press Release
Date: Feb 17, 2008
Title: Grammy Award-Winning High School Symphony Orchestra to Perform Free Concert at the Baltimore Basilica
Baltimore, MD – On Wednesday, February 27, 2008 at 1:30pm, the Huron High School Symphony Orchestra, from Ann Arbor, Michigan will perform a free concert at the Baltimore Basilica, located at the corner of Cathedral and Mulberry Streets, in the Mount Vernon District of Downtown Baltimore.
In the past seven years, the music program at Huron High School of Ann Arbor, Michigan has been honored by the Grammy Foundation as both a “Signature” (Top 50 – 4 times) and “Gold” (Top 7 - once) School. This honor is the result of an intensive application process that assesses 18,000 high school music programs throughout the United States every year. The Huron High School Symphony Orchestra continues to receive “Superior” ratings at the District and State levels at Orchestra Festivals, and have performed separately in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Prague, Verona, Berchtesgaden and Vienna to rave reviews. The Symphony Orchestra was invited, and accepted, to perform at Carnegie Hall in April 2004 as part of the National Band and Orchestra Festival.
Listen as this Grammy award winning orchestra play selections such as Elgar Serenade for Strings, Shostakovich Festive Overture, highlights from Les Miserables, and Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite amongst others.
The Ann Arbor Huron High School Symphony Orchestra will follow their Baltimore debut with a performance produced by New York Offstage at the legendary Symphony Space in New York City, on Thursday, February 28, 2008. All proceeds will go to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
The Basilica, officially known as the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, was the first metropolitan cathedral and major religious building constructed in America after the adoption of the Constitution. After its cornerstone was laid in July 1806, it became a symbol of the religious freedom that was central to the newly formed United States. Now designated a National Historic Landmark and National Shrine, the Basilica is the site of the country’s first Catholic archdiocese.
Two Americans guided the Basilica’s original design and architecture: John Carroll, the country’s first bishop, later Archbishop of Baltimore, and cousin of Charles Carroll, who signed the Declaration of Independence; and Benjamin Henry Latrobe, an architect of the U.S. Capitol and father of American architecture, who was inspired by President Thomas Jefferson.
For more information about the Baltimore Basilica, go to www.baltimorebasilica.org.