Jennie Avila, singer, songwriter, and adjunct instructor at Hagerstown Community College, will perform at the annual Maryland Symphony Orchestra (MSO) “Salute to Independence” concert on Sat., July 6, beginning at 7:30 p.m.
The concert, held annually at Antietam Battlefield to celebrate Independence Day, features patriotic music performed by the Maryland Symphony Orchestra. Each year, the MSO is joined by a special guest, and Avila says she couldn’t be more excited to have been selected.
“After listening to my latest CD, ‘Love and Lore of the Civil War,’ they [the MSO] invited me to perform three of my Civil War songs this year,” said Avila. “More than 30,000 people usually attend this event, so this is a huge honor.”
A self-taught guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter, Avila has been singing and performing since she was a young child. She frequently performs at schools, coffeehouses, theatres, and festivals such as Appel Farm and the Philadelphia Folk Festival, and has shared the stage with legendary performers such as Pete Seeger. To date, Avila has released 10 recordings featuring her original songs. She has taught music and art at HCC since 2006.
Avila will be joined by fellow musician Stephen Wright, who will accompany her on clay drums handmade by Wright himself. Wright, an adjunct instructor at HCC for the last 27 years, is a well-known ceramic artist who makes ceramic drums for professional musicians and art collectors worldwide.
“Salute to Independence” is free and is open to the public. To learn more about the event, visit www.marylandsymphony.org/performances/salute-to-independence . To learn more about Avila, go to www.jennieavila.com .
Photo Credit: Jennie Avila by Audra Haddock-Martenot