Dinner with Donny

Memorial Day is a time for celebrating the military, the men and women in the armed forces who have given their lives while defending our nation. USU Music and Theatre Departments head Craig Jessop says one of the greatest celebrations in the nation will take place Monday at a Memorial Day Tribute Concert in the Kent Concert Hall of the USU Chase Fine Arts Center.”We have with us our own, Utah’s own, Donny Osmond, who is generously donating his services to the Department of Music and Theater as a scholarship development, fundraising opportunity,” Jessop said on KVNU’s Crosstalk Show Thursday. “It’s a tremendous gift to our community that Donny would do this. Every cent will go towards scholarships and development funds at our university.”The concert starts at 8 p.m. and there are still some tickets left. In addition to Donny Osmond, the concert features a patriotic program with Jessop and the American Festival Chorus and Orchestra, along with Utah Artist Jessie Clark Funk.Jessop, a friend of Osmond’s, says the Las Vegas star is generously performing his solo segment from the Donny & Marie Show. Before the concert, Jessop says, there’s a pre-concert “Dinner with Donny” at the new Elements restaurant, part of the recently-opened Riverwoods Hotel-Conference center development.”This will be one of the principle events in raising money for the department,” Jessop continued. “You can purchase tables, and there are still a couple of tables left, $2,000 for a table of eight or $250 per person which includes VIP seating at the concert and also a reception with Donny Osmond at the dinner.”He says those attending the dinner wil be bussed up to the USU Fine Arts Center and then bussed back after the concert. Jessop says the concert will conclude with patriotic selections to commemorate those who have died in service to the nation. The dinner starts at 5 p.m. Tickets for the concert are $35, $40 and $48.

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