VIOLINIST GLENN DONNELLAN TO PERFORM
THE NATIONAL ANTHEM ON HIS PINK ELECTRIC SLUGGER™
ON MOTHER’S DAY
LOUISVILLE, KY (May 6, 2011) – On Sunday, Mother’s Day, the national anthem will be played in honor of the red, white and blue. And pink. Glenn Donnellan will perform the Star-Spangled Banner at Citi Field at 1:10 p.m. May 8, prior to the Mets-Dodgers game. But Glenn won’t be singing the patriotic song; he’ll be playing it on an electric violin. A handcrafted electric pink violin made from a Louisville Slugger® bat.
Glenn Donnellan is a violinist from the National Symphony Orchestra who created the Electric Slugger. Glenn designed and built his first Electric Slugger over a period of weeks, performing for the Washington Nationals and Atlanta Braves on the very first one he built. He’s since partnered with Louisville Slugger to trademark the instrument, which he uses to play in Major League Baseball stadiums and community outreach programs. While playing at games is a thrill like no other, Glenn also has a passion for performing in schools, where he says he uses the Electric Slugger to “encourage the kids to be creative and persistent in pursuing their dreams.”
On Mother’s Day, Glenn will be playing on a one-of-a-kind version of his Electric Slugger. He will be using a pink Louisville Slugger as the base for his instrument – the same pink bat that MLB players will be swinging that day in honor of Mother’s Day and for breast cancer awareness.
Louisville Slugger created the pink bat initiative with Major League Baseball in 2006 to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure.® This Mother’s Day, more than 290 MLB players will have pink bats to swing. MLB will then collect the game-used Louisville Slugger bats and auction them at mlb.com. Proceeds go to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
After the game, MLB plans to auction Glenn’s pink Electric Slugger, along with the bow, amplifier and other equipment he uses to perform the national anthem at the game. Proceeds from this auction will also go to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
According to Rick Redman, VP of Corporate Communications at Louisville Slugger, “Glenn has developed something unique, and Louisville Slugger is proud to be part of his efforts. The sound he creates is amazing. He uses the Electric Slugger for good, and this special Mother’s Day performance will enhance MLB’s wonderful tradition of supporting Susan G. Komen for the Cure.”
For more information about the auctions, visit mlb.com.
About Glenn Donnellan:
Glenn joined the National Symphony Orchestra in 1997. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance at the University of Minnesota. In addition to playing his Electric Slugger, Glenn enjoys folk fiddling and the Hardanger Fiddle (the Norwegian national folk fiddle). Since joining the National Symphony Orchestra, Glenn has performed around Washington, D.C., in many concerts and music series. Glenn also participates in community outreach through the National Symphony Orchestra education programs. He gives up to 100 performances annually in local public schools and other venues.
Glenn’s unique performances on the Electric Slugger have been covered on MLB’s This Week in Baseball and ESPN, as well as in The Washington Post, The New York Times, Sports Illustrated and USA Today, among others. His MLB game performances of the national anthem can be found on YouTube.
About Louisville Slugger®
Louisville Slugger® is the Official Bat of Major League Baseball and is a name that is synonymous with America’s pastime. Originating in 1884, Louisville Slugger bats have graced the hands of the greatest players in baseball history, including Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, Joe DiMaggio, Stan Musial, Jackie Robinson and Hank Aaron, to name just a few. Stars of today also swing Louisville Slugger bats, including Alex Rodriguez, Dustin Pedroia, Jim Thome, David Wright and Joey Votto. Louisville Slugger also makes TPX® baseball equipment for college, high school and youth players, as well as TPS® equipment for slow-pitch and fastpitch softball players. Louisville Slugger is a brand of the Hillerich & Bradsby Co., a fifth-generation family-owned business that also owns and operates Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory and makes PowerBilt® golf clubs and Bionic® Gloves for a variety of sports and hobbies.
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