Monday, November 11, 2013

A Rare Halftime Show

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Music Center
I'm one of those people who watch a football game for the halftime show then I'm perfectly content to change the channel or to leave the game.

I'm one of those people who watch the Super Bowl for the commercials and the halftime shows.  Mainly because the commercials are usually the best for the year and because the halftime show not only features some well-known performer, but also is a coordinated effort made up of many people and special effects.

Rarely do I watch football on Thanksgiving day because there are usually other things to do (like wash dishes) or watch (isn't that when they air The Sound of Music?).

This year I think I will be watching a football game - at least until the halftime show.


Because the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and its youth program, OrchKids, will perform during halftime of the Baltimore Ravens' Thanksgiving-night game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Baltimore Ravens organization has also made a sizable monetary donation to the BSO and its youth program.

All I can say is "Wow!"

Just "Wow!"

For a symphony orchestra to get the prized halftime period for a performance is pretty much unheard of in the world of sports.

Think of how many people in that stadium will perhaps hear a symphony orchestra for the first time.

Think of how many people watching from the comfort of their own living rooms will perhaps hear a symphony orchestra for the first time.

Sure, I know many people will head to the concessions/kitchen for food and drinks and/or the restroom during halftime - especially if they see a symphony orchestra taking the field.

But they probably won't be able to tune out the sound of the orchestra.


I was just wondering: how does a cellist march and play at the same time?!?!?!

Just kidding.

There won't be the usual field show routine.

At least I don't think so.

However, having a professional sports organization allow a professional music organization "air time" for a performance is HUGE!

I can't wait to hear what music is chosen for performance.

Now, I just need to find someone with a TV that will let me watch the game with them.


I'll make Thanksgiving dinner in exchange for some TV time.

Any takers?

Disclaimer: Yes, I did know the Ravens were in Baltimore. Yes, I do know how to play/watch football. Yes, I did know that Baltimore has a renown orchestra. Yes, I do know how to play in/conduct/listen to an orchestra.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the heads up. It will be interesting to see. I would not care for the game otherwise, since it does not involve the Chiefs.