American Festival Chorus pays musical tribute to USU’s achievements in space

“Journey to the Stars,” a musical tribute to Utah State University’s pioneering accomplishments in space, will be presented 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, in the Kent Concert Hall of the USU Chase Fine Arts Center. The program will be presented by the American Festival Chorus and Orchestra conducted by founder and musical director Craig Jessop, dean of the Caine School of the Arts at USU. On KVNU’s For the People show Thursday, Jessop said it is an appropriate way to wind up Engineering Week at USU. “We’ve put together a 20-minute tribute to USU’s acheivements in space that I think is remarkable,” Jessop said. “It could be shown on an IMAX movie theater, and I think it will leave you with chills up your spine because it’s really incredible what this university has done and the contribution it has made to the United States of America and the world in research in space. Jessop said former U.S. senator and astronaut Jake Garn will be honored as a special guest. Jessop invites everyone to come to the concert, which blends vivid images of the universe with the sounds of powerful music, from the Star Wars main theme song and “Imperial March” to Disney’s “When You Wish Upon a Star.”

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