Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Announces Free Summer Concert Series Kicking Off on July 4th with Patriotic Broadcast on WMAR TV-2


Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Announces  Free Summer Concert Series Kicking Off on July 4th with Patriotic Broadcast on WMAR TV-2

Additional July Performances Welcome Patrons Back for In-Person Concerts

June 16, 2021 (Baltimore, MD) – The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) kicks off a month of free summer concerts on July 4 with the BSO’s 4th of July special, a 30-minute musical televised performance in partnership with WMAR TV-2 followed by a series of free in-person concerts starting July 8 and running through July 30. 

The BSO’s 4th of July Special airs at 6:30 pm on WMAR TV-2, featuring a program of patriotic favorites including “The Star-Spangled Banner,” Ives’ Variations on “America,” and Gershwin’s An American in Paris.

Beginning July 8 at 7 pm, the BSO will present a unique concert program each week across several locations, including Oregon Ridge Park, the Patio Stage at The Music Center at Strathmore, and, marking the return of audiences to the concert hall, indoors at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. With generous support provided by the PNC Foundation, admission for each concert is free, but advanced registration is required. Reservations open on June 22, and all information, including unique capacity and social distancing regulations by venue, can be found online at

“We are thrilled to welcome the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra back to Oregon Ridge, for not just one, but four weeks of free summer concerts,” said Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski. “The return of the BSO Free Summer Concert Series for these in-person performances is another sign that we are continuing to make progress in our recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, and we are proud to support the BSO’s efforts to offer these cherished concerts for families of all ages.”

The in-person summer concerts kick off with the first of four Thursday performances at Oregon Ridge Park in Baltimore County on July 8, followed by an indoor performance at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall on July 10. BSO Associate Conductor Nicholas Hersh will lead the orchestra in a program with jazz-inspired works, including Gershwin’s An American in Paris and James P. Johnson’s Harlem Symphony, alongside Duke Ellington’s “Come Sunday.”

Week two of the free performances includes a July 14 indoor performance at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, an outdoor performance on July 15 at Oregon Ridge, and a one-time-only appearance on July 16 at Boordy Vineyards. The program for each location features an all-brass ensemble performing Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man, Joan Towers’ Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman, John Williams’ “Superman March” and Olympic Fanfare, and Sousa’s The Thunderer under the baton of both Associate Conductor Nicholas Hersh and Assistant Conductor Jonathan Rush.

Assistant Conductor Jonathan Rush leads another all-brass ensemble in the week three program that includes Bernstein’s “Cool” from West Side Story, Ludwig Göransson’s “The Mandalorian,” and Adolphus Hailstork’s American Fanfare on July 22 at Oregon Ridge Park and July 23 at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. BSO musicians will also perform a one-night-only string chamber music concert at the Patio Stage at Strathmore on July 23.

Both Hersh and Rush conduct the final series with performances that include Rossini’s Overture to The Barber of Seville, Carlos Simon’s Fate Now Conquers, and the “Charleston” by James P. Johnson on July 28 and 30 at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall and July 29 at Oregon Ridge Park.


Performance Schedule: 

July 8 at 7 pm – Oregon Ridge Park
July 10 at 7 pm – Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall (indoors)
July 14 at 7 pm – Josephy Meyerhoff Symphony Hall (indoors)
July 15 at 7 pm – Oregon Ridge Park
July 16 at 7 pm – Boordy Vineyards (doors open at 5 pm)
July 22 at 7 pm – Oregon Ridge Park
July 23 at 7 pm – The Patio Stage at Strathmore (special chamber performance)
July 23 at 7 pm – Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall (indoors)
July 28 at 7 pm – Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall (indoors)
July 29 at 7 pm – Oregon Ridge Park
July 30 at 7 pm – Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall (indoors)


Venue Information

Oregon Ridge Park
13401 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, MD 21030
Free parking on-site for registered ticket holders

Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
1212 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
$10 parking is available in the Cathedral Street Garage

The Patio Stage at Strathmore Music Center
5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD 20852
Free parking in the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro garage off Tuckerman Lane.

Boordy Vineyards
12820 Long Green Pike, Hydes, MD 21082

Free parking on-site


Tickets, while free, must be reserved in advance and are available on June 22 at


About the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra 
For over a century, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) has been recognized as one of America’s leading orchestras and one of Maryland’s most significant cultural institutions. Under the direction of Music Director Marin Alsop, the orchestra is internationally renowned and locally admired for its innovation, performances, recordings, and educational outreach initiatives including OrchKids.

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra performs annually for more than 275,000 people throughout the State of Maryland. Since 1982, the BSO has performed at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore, and since 2005, with the opening of The Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda, MD, the BSO became the nation’s first orchestra performing its full season of classical and pops concerts in two metropolitan areas. More information about the BSO can be found at