Maestro at the ballpark
Hillsboro Hops baseball fans just scored a musical victory.
The Oregon Symphony and the Beat Goes On Marching Band have announced the quirky combination of baseball and band.
On Sunday, Aug. 24, one of Americas outstanding maestros Oregon Symphony music director Carlos Kalmar will stand not on a podium, but on Ron Tonkin Field in Hillsboro to lead the marching band equivalent of the Bad News Bears.
Kalmar will conduct the Beat Goes On Marching Band in the Star-Spangled Banner before the game, and Take Me Out to the Ballgame during the seventh-inning stretch.
In addition, the Beat Goes On will play a pre-game concert outside the stadium, led by music director Steve Tolopka.
Game time Sunday is 1:35 p.m. The Hillsboro Hops are playing the Spokane Indians that day.
The Beat Goes On is an all-adult band whose players span decades in age and travel thousands of miles to entertain.
The band is really excited but a little apprehensive to be working with maestro Kalmar, Tolopka said. After all, theres about three levels of class between the Oregon Symphony and the Beat Goes On.
What could be more fun than a great marching band, some great music and a great baseball game? Im looking forward to this, and Im bringing a lot of our staff as well, Kalmar said.Add a comment