American Festival Chorus teams up with American Legion for Veteran’s Day Concert

It was the first concert the American Festival Chorus performed after its formal organization and the sixth annual Veteran’s Day Memorial Concert will be presented <span class=”aBn”><span class=”aQJ”>Monday, November 11</span></span> starting at 7 p.m. in the Kent Concert Hall of Utah State University’s Chase Fine Arts Center.

Everyone is invited and there is no charge. The chorus, under the direction of founder Craig Jessop, dean of the USU Caine College of the Arts, will be joined by the university’s symphonic orchestra. The event is co-sponsored by the American Legion and Gary Griffin, retired Lt. Colonel and commander of the Post #12 American Legion, said there will be a very special speaker.

“Hoyt Kelly is a 90 year veteran of many battles in the European theater,” Griffin said on KVNU’s Crosstalk program Thursday. “He just recently won the highest military honor that the country of France bestows, their medal of honor, for his service to France during World War II.”

Jessop said musical highlights during the Veteran’s Day Memorial include God of our Fathers, the National Anthem, America the Beautiful, Who are the Brave?, Last Full Measure of Devotion and Proud to Serve. He said there will be a salute to the Armed Forces where the chorus performs the songs of each branch of the services.

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