Special Veterans Day performance planned at Ellen Eccles Theatre

The American Festival Chorus and Orchestra will present its 4th annual Veterans Day Concert on Friday, November 11. Founder, music director and conductor Craig Jessop, who is also dean of the Caine School of the Arts at Utah State University, says the concert will begin at 11 a.m. for a special reason. “In 1918 when the armistice was signed ending World War I, which was one of the world’s most horrendous wars and everyone had the hope it would be the war to end all wars,” Jessop said, “they signed it at 11 in the morning, on the 11th day of the 11th month at the 11th hour. “We’re going to recreate that armistice. This year we’re doing our memorial service on Veterans Day at 11 a.m. in the morning and it will be at the Ellen Eccles Theatre.” On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Thursday, Jessop said the concert is free and everyone is invited to attend. He says the American Festival Chorus and Orchestra will also present the Benjamin Britten War Requiem twice that weekend: at the Cathedral of the Madeline in Salt Lake City on Friday and at the Ellen Eccles Theatre in Logan on Saturday, November 12.

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