HOLLYWOOD, Md., June 20, 2008 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) today announced a $12,000 sponsorship of the 2008 River Concert Series of St. Mary's College.

Known for its special blend of master works, world premieres, and innovative collaborations, the 10th season of the River Concert Series kicked off on Friday, June 13 and runs on consecutive Friday evenings through July 25.

"Northrop Grumman is proud to be a sponsor of the River Concert Series as we value being good neighbors and work hard at continuing our tradition of community involvement in Southern Maryland," said Scott Stewart, Northrop Grumman corporate lead executive in Patuxent River, MD.

"The River Concert Series truly is a partnership of St. Mary's College and the Southern Maryland community," said Salvatore (Torre) Meringolo, vice president for development of St. Mary's College. "We are fortunate to be surrounded by a community that appreciates and supports cultural events such as the River Concert Series. Without that support, it would be difficult to bring in the caliber of talented artists that we do."

St. Mary's College Music Director Jeffrey Silberschlag conducts the Chesapeake Orchestra, which is joined by distinguished artists and new talents. The free concerts, typically drawing 5,000 to each of the varying programs, are held on the College's Townhouse Green, overlooking the St. Mary's River with concertgoers following the "bring your own chair" style of seating.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a global defense and technology company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in information and services, electronics, aerospace and shipbuilding to government and commercial customers worldwide.

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