USU hosting seventh annual concert to honor veterans

The seventh annual American Festival Chorus Veterans Memorial Concert will include selections from popular productions as well as traditional tunes heard on battlefields and at military events.

Dr. Craig Jessop, conductor of the chorus and dean of the Utah State University Caine College of the Arts, invites everyone to attend the concert on Tuesday, November 11 starting at 7 p.m. in the Kent Concert Hall of the USU Chase Fine Arts Center.

Jessop said the concert is a celebration of community solidarity to honor U.S. military service men and women. On KVNU’s Crosstalk program Thursday, Jessop said it might be wise to be there when the doors open at 6:30.

“There are no tickets. It is first come, first serve,” Jessop explained. “We’ve got some wonderful ushers. Our USU ROTC cadets and Daughters of the American Revolution the Bear River Regent are serving as our ushers for the program.

“We’ll make sure that everyone that comes is seated. We’ll keep squeezing them in until every seat is taken. We hope it is. If we have an overflow we’ll pipe it into another area of the building.”

Retired Air Force Lt. Colonel Gary Griffin will be the master of ceremonies and the featured speaker is Rep. Chris Stewart of the 2nd Congressional District. Rep. Stewart was an Air Force Pilot who flew rescue helicopters and the B-1 Bomber. He is also the author of 17 books, several of which have become bestsellers.

Jessop encouraged members of the chorus who are veterans to wear their uniforms if they desire. The choir will perform alongside USU’s Symphony Orchestra directed by Professor Sergio Bernal and as an opening number they will perform “Hallelujah”.

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