Too spooked by "classical music," and by having to get all glammed up to ever get to a Sarasota Orchestra performance at the Van Wezel? Next Saturday, you can dress like you're going to the ballpark, then actually go to the ballpark for "Spirit of America," an outdoor Pops concert at Ed Smith Stadium.
The orchestra will be joined by Molly Cherryholmes, a young violinist who got her musical start touring with her family bluegrass band, Cherryholmes. Nominated five times for Grammy Awards, Cherryholmes will perform two of her own compositions, "Live It" and "Goodbye," accompanied by the full orchestra.
Conductor Andrew Lane will lead the orchestra and Cherryholmes for the evening.
"Whenever we do an outdoor event, it's appealing because it reaches a broad audience," said Lane, who frequently conducts the orchestra's Pops concerts but has never done a concert in a ballpark. "We're going to see a lot of young children there, see some older people there, and we try to construct a program with a lot of variety.
"We try to cover all the bases, so to speak."
In addition to Cherryholmes' violin work, the program includes selections from "Pocahontas," "The Incredibles," "West Side Story," "Chicago," and "Star Wars," plus a narration by Scott Dennis of "Casey at the Bat." The evening will end with fireworks.
Lane first heard Cherryholmes' music when NPR did a segment on the family bluegrass band.
"I thought they were amazing, their harmonies were amazing and their instrumentals were amazing," he said. Lane and Molly Cherryholmes worked together on an orchestral concert in New Jersey last summer.
"That's when I realized she was a talented artist" who takes the "fiddle" of bluegrass, country and pop music and turns it into the "violin" of classical and jazz music, he said.
"She is an incredible violinist, but this will also show off her talents as a singer and songwriter," Lane said.
Cherryholmes said her beginnings in acoustic music taught her to play more by ear, which proved conducive to learning quickly and developing musically. But moving into other musical forms "required a lot more knowledge on what to do.
"I've always enjoyed orchestral music," she said. "I started writing and composing orchestral music myself. It adds so much more emotion."
Cherryholmes' portion of Saturday night's concert will open with "Riverdance" and will include two John Tesh songs, including "Barcelona," at the end of which "Andy just tells me to play whatever comes to mind for about a minute and a half."
Local vocal phenomenon Maria Wirries will sing the "Star-Spangled Banner" and "Colors of the Wind" from "Pocahontas."
"We go from a bluegrass orchestra to a rock orchestra to a Celtic orchestra," Lane said.
"The Sarasota Orchestra has become very experienced will all the different kinds of concerts we do, Broadway, movie music, just did a program of jazz. The musicians do a great job with whatever kind of music you put in front of them."
SPIRIT OF AMERICA. Arts in the Ballpark. Sarasota Orchestra. Andrew Lane, conductor; Molly Cherryholmes, violinist. 7 p.m. May 10, Ed Smith Stadium, Sarasota. Student tickets from $5; adult tickets from $15. 953-3434; www.SarasotaOrchestra.org.