ORIOLES' ARTS IN THE BALLPARK SERIES TO CONTINUE WITH OUTDOOR POPS PERFORMANCE
Maestro Andrew Lane and the Pops musicians of the Sarasota Orchestra are about to make musical history in Sarasota as they bring "Spirit of America" to Ed Smith Stadium on Saturday, May 10 at 7:00 p.m.
Lane has never conducted in a ballpark, and the orchestra has never before performed at Ed Smith Stadium, where the Orioles host the "Arts in the Ballpark" series of free and affordable family-friendly events. In celebration of these "firsts," and to cap off the orchestra's 65th season, a dazzling fireworks display will follow the concert.
"The musicians and I are excited about performing in such a unique venue that we think will draw an even broader audience to the Sarasota Orchestra," said Lane, who has conducted for the orchestra since 2003. "The music we selected will appeal to all ages and will touch on the diverse heritage that personifies American culture. It's fitting that we are performing this particular concert in that most American of venues - a baseball park."
Lane's Pops concerts are known for combining audience favorites and musical surprises, creating experiences that engage both casual listeners and seasoned symphony goers. "Spirit of America" follows suit with a delightful program including a narrated, musical version of Casey at the Bat and the thrilling Roundball Rock. Additional favorites include a suite from Disney's new classics, and popular works such as John Williams' Star Wars and Bernstein's West Side Story.
In yet another first, the orchestra's guest artist, Molly Cherryholmes, will be making her Sarasota debut. With five Grammy nominations to her credit, Cherryholmes is an exceptional violinist, vocalist and songwriter, Lane said. She started her career touring with the bluegrass band Cherryholmes.
"I first learned about Molly by hearing her family group, Cherryholmes, on National Public Radio," Lane said. "I thought they were so incredible and I had the chance to work with them as a group, and with Molly in her solo career. Molly has tremendous artistic versatility - as a singer, composer and instrumentalist. That kind of versatility with excellence is rare."
Teen vocalist Maria Wirries, a local rising star and student at Manatee School for the Arts, will perform Colors of the Wind from Pocahontas. Wirries has soloed with the Sarasota Orchestra at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Center, and she is a featured vocalist with the Sarasota Orchestra Jazz Ensemble. She also worked with the renowned jazz pianist and composer Dick Hyman to debut a new jazz tune with Gloria Musicae.
"The theme from Pocahontas won an Academy Award for best song, and anyone with young children has listened to music from so many of the Disney movies," Lane said. "Children and adults know and love this music, so we included a suite from Disney, as well."
Showcasing a natural talent for creating programming that is audience friendly, Lane has become a favorite with audiences throughout the United States. His popularity as a guest conductor flourished and he has been a featured conductor with The Florida Orchestra, Naples Philharmonic, Rochester Philharmonic, Asheville Symphony and San Antonio Symphony. He is also Music Director of the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra, where he enjoys working with talented young musicians from the Central Florida area.
Lane's Pops concerts have featured many notable performers including Branford Marsalis, Doc Severinsen, Sylvia McNair and Broadway superstar Davis Gaines. He has also worked with such diverse artists as Arturo Sandoval, Deborah Gibson, Peter Schickele, Roy Scheider, Greek tenor Mario Frangoulis, and Joey Fatone from *NSYNC.
Lane formerly served as resident conductor and principal pops conductor of the Orlando Philharmonic for almost two decades and he was credited with helping to shape the public perception of the philharmonic as an artistically relevant performing group that is user-friendly.
"The Orioles are thrilled to host the Sarasota Orchestra at Ed Smith Stadium for the first time," said David Rovine, Vice President of Orioles-Sarasota. "We are eager to showcase the arts in our community while offering family-priced entertainment that appeals to all ages."
About the Orioles in Sarasota
The Orioles' year-round presence in Sarasota includes a variety of activities on the Orioles' combined complex (located at the Ed Smith Stadium and Twin Lakes Park sites), which is devoted to presenting Orioles baseball games, generating other sports and entertainment events that promote area tourism and provide substantial economic impact in Sarasota and throughout the region, and hosting year-round athletic training through Orioles Major League and Minor League Spring Training, Extended Minor League Spring Training, Summer Gulf Coast League, Fall Instructional League, and other athletic rehabilitation programs.
The Orioles have been a part of the Sarasota community for more than two decades, operating an athletic training center at Twin Lakes Park since 1991. In 2009, the Orioles and Sarasota County began a 30-month construction project to renovate the training center at Twin Lakes Park and the ballpark and training center at Ed Smith Stadium in order to consolidate the Orioles' Major and Minor League year round operations. The project has created nearly 500 local jobs and nearly $54 million in construction-related economic impact.
In addition, the club's year round events and athletic training program generates another $35 to $50 million in annual economic tourism impact throughout the Sarasota community while also providing a multi-platform, multimedia marketing package valued at more than $1 million annually for the benefit of Visit Sarasota County, the County's tourism development arm, that is used to promote tourism in Greater Sarasota among residents of the team's Mid-Atlantic territory.