American Festival Chorus performing third annual Veterans Day Tribute

The American Festival Chorus will perform its third annual Veterans Day Tribute on Thursday, November 11 starting at 7:30 p.m. in the Kent Concert Hall of the Utah State University Chase Fine Arts Center. The concert is presented by the USU Caine College of the Arts and it is free. However, tickets are needed and they are available at the Caine College of the Arts and Ellen Eccles Theatre box offices and at the Cache Valley Visitors Bureau.College of the Arts Dean and chorus music director Craig Jesop is also a retired Lieutenant Colonel of the U.S. Air Force Band. He says this is actually more of a tribute than a concert, although the 260-voice choir is powerful.”We’ll do a tribute to the armed forces of the United States,” Jessop explains, “all of the service songs, the Army, the Navy, the Marine Corp, the Coast Guard and the Air Force. “We’ll ask all the veterans to stand as we play and sing their particular song. Then we’ll end with the Wilhousky Battle Hymn of the Republic. So it should be a wonderful evening.”Jessop says the guest speaker will be Retired four-star Air Force General Robert C. Oaks. Oaks was Commander in Chief of U.S. Air Forces in Europe and is a First Quorum of the Seventy Emeritus of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. “I can just imagine that he will want us to remember, not only those who have served but also those who are serving, this is a time of war after all and there are tens of thousands of young Americans in Afghanistan and Iraq,” says retired Lt. Col. Gary Griffin, commander of the USU American Legion Post Number 12 who will be the emcee of the night’s event.”We certainly want to remember and credit them for the service they are doing for our country.” Active military and veterans are encouraged to wear their uniforms to the concert.

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