Arts notes

Country crooner sponsors Busch race

Nashville, Tenn. -- It's a match made in Music City: The Nashville Superspeedway found a title sponsor for its June Busch Series race in country singer Trace Adkins.

The June 7 race will be called the Trace Adkins "Chrome" 300, track officials and representatives from Capitol Records announced Thursday. "Chrome" is the title of Adkins' latest album.

"I've been a big fan of racing for as long as I can remember and have watched NASCAR on TV since I was a kid," Adkins said. "So you can imagine how honored I am to have a race with my name on it at the Nashville Superspeedway."

Cliff Hawks, general manager of the track about 20 miles east of Nashville, said the facility is taking advantage of being so close to the town called Music City.

Adkins, whose hits include "Chrome" and "(This Ain't) No Thinkin' Thing," will perform in concert before the night race and sing the national anthem.

The 41-year-old country singer has a greatest hits album due out in July.

Pittsburgh Symphony to perform at new venue

Bushkill, Pa. -- The Mountain Laurel Center for the Performing Arts has announced the summer schedule for its new $40 million center.

The first show is set for June 10 at The Boathouse, a 400-seat cabaret-style theater overlooking an 85-acre glacial lake.

The Pittsburgh Symphony will open the facility's centerpiece, the 10,000-seat Tom Ridge Pavilion, on Aug. 7.

Construction is on schedule, with The Boathouse 80 percent complete and the pavilion 60 percent finished, Ned Sader, the center's vice president, said recently.

The Pittsburgh Symphony will be in residence from Aug. 5-15 and will spend three weeks at Mountain Laurel next year.

"What attracted us here is access to (the) huge market and the beauty of the place," said Gideon Toeplitz, executive vice president for the Pittsburgh Symphony.

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