Baltimore Symphony Orchestra postpones Star-Spangled Spectacular concert at Oregon Ridge

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra postpones Star-Spangled Spectacular concert at Oregon Ridge

May 20, 2020 – The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) today announced that it will not be performing its Star-Spangled Spectacular performance at Oregon Ridge this summer. Typically scheduled as an Independence Day celebration on July 3, the BSO and Baltimore County have made the joint decision to postpone this concert to the summer of 2021 due to COVID-19 in order to assure the safety of the community, as well as BSO musicians and staff.

“All of us are disappointed that we are not able to present the annual Star-Spangled Spectacular concert this year at Oregon Ridge,” said BSO President and CEO Peter Kjome. “We greatly value our relationship with Baltimore County and appreciate the many County residents who participate in our concerts and educational programs.”

“We know that this was a difficult decision, but one made in the best interest of public health,” said Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski. “We recognize how important this tradition is to our residents and are ready to work with the BSO to explore every option in order to provide an alternative celebration as we all continue to navigate this difficult moment together.”

During this time, the BSO has launched BSO OffStage, an online platform to stay connected with our audiences through digital content. The BSO will soon be announcing a special Independence Day video on BSO OffStage, which will be accessed on and the social media platforms of the BSO.


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