Rain delays during the baseball game preempted the Christopher Cross concert in Baltimore, Maryland, at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on Sunday, August 3, 2003. Cross performed an abbreviated set for the diehard fans that braved the inclement weather and waited for the ball game to come to a close.

     The musicians accompanying Cross on stage were Dave Beyer on drums, Jennifer Condos on bass, and Ana Guigui on keyboards. Mild rainfall began anew as Cross launched his set with "Never Be The Same". Cross' falsetto vocals were complimented by the feminine harmony duet.

     The quartet of musicians delivered a compelling version of "Sailing". Guigui's symphonic-synth prologue was aided by Cross' electric guitar along with outstanding bass playing by Condos. The pop-hit melody of "When She Smiles" debuted to cheers and applause.

     Cross took a moment to introduce the members of his talented group. Cross' beautiful ballad "Think Of Laura", originally composed for a popular American soap opera, featured Cross on acoustic guitar. His angelic vocals were underscored by Condos' subtle bass lines.

     Cross dedicated "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)" to Dudley Moore with heartfelt remarks about the deceased actor. The trio delivered dreamy harmony vocals on the hit single from that film's 1981 soundtrack.

     Cross commented to the crowd, "Thanks a lot. You've been great. Here's little Texas rock and roll", as Beyer's driven drumbeat kicked off "Ride Like The Wind". Cross tore up his guitar neck to contribute a fiery lead guitar solo. The band finished their set sans an encore.

Baltimore setlist: Never Be The Same * Sailing * Nature's Way * Curled Around The World * When She Smiles * Open Up My Window * Think Of Laura * Arthur's Theme (Best That You can Do) * I Really Don't Know Anymore * All Right * Ride Like The Wind

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Rainshine with Christopher Cross
Balladeer hits singles at the ballpark

by Timothy Tilghman