CHAMPCAR/CART: Winner to be serenaded at Texas

FORT WORTH-DALLAS (April 18, 2001) - When the winner of the Firestone Firehawk 600 presented by Pioneer steps to the podium at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday, April 29, it will be music to his ears - thanks to the Texas Wind Symphony. The Fort ...

FORT WORTH-DALLAS (April 18, 2001) - When the winner of the Firestone Firehawk 600 presented by Pioneer steps to the podium at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday, April 29, it will be music to his ears - thanks to the Texas Wind Symphony. The Fort Worth-based group will perform the national anthem of the winning driver live at the speedway during the medal ceremony.

"We are prepared to give the race winner a proper Olympic style sendoff," symphony artistic director and conductor Ray C. Lichtenwalter said. "The most difficult task has been to locate the sheet music for the various anthems, but we have accomplished that and are ready to go." The group will perform the United States national anthem in pre-race ceremonies and then be ready to play the American anthem or one of 11 other countries' national anthems for the Victory Lane ceremony. In addition to the U.S. anthem, the symphony will be set to honor a winner from Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Scotland, Spain or Sweden.

"Having the Texas Wind Symphony here to play the winner's national anthem adds just another special touch to this race," speedway vice president and general manager Eddie Gossage said. "The elegance and style the symphony brings to the race festivities compliment the international atmosphere of a CART event."

The Texas Wind Symphony will feature a 35-piece ensemble on race day at the speedway. The group is in its 14th season and plays a seven concert series at Bass Performance Hall each year. In addition, the symphony has performed throughout the Southwest as well internationally. In 1996, the Texas Wind Symphony received the Sudler Award, the most prestigious North American honor given a concert band.

-TMS

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