GETTYSBURG, PA– Music Gettysburg! welcomes the U.S. Soldiers Chorus back to the Gettysburg Seminary chapel in concert Sunday, May 15th at 4:00PM.
The popular Soldiers’ Chorus returns to Gettysburg with its 30-voice, mixed chorus with a wide ranging repertoire. This vocal ensemble is the compliment of the United States Army Field Band of Washington D.C. and offers the most superbly disciplined choral sound of any group anywhere. The concert includes patriotic favorites, jazz and classical masterpieces.
Under the direction of André J. Thomas, the chorus performs a wide range of music, including Broadway tunes, opera and the favorite music of Americana, and historic battlefields everywhere. Thomas is also the Owen F. Sellers Professor of Music, is Director of Choral Activities and Professor of Choral Music Education at The Florida State University.
This versatility has earned the Soldiers’ Chorus an international reputation for presenting musical excellence and inspiring patriotism. Critics have acclaimed appearances with the Boston Pops, the Cincinnati Pops, and the Detroit, Dallas, and National symphony orchestras. Other notable performances include four world fairs, American Choral Directors Association conferences, music educator conventions, Kennedy Center Honors Programs, the 750th anniversary of Berlin, and the rededication of the Statue of Liberty.
The reputation of the choral quality of this group is unparalleled in the experience of their multiple Music, Gettysburg! appearances. “There is no more popular returning choral ensemble than the U.S. Soldiers Chorus” says Mark Oldenburg, Music, Gettysburg! steering committee chair, “so do come early to ensure a good seat.”
The chorus was founded in 1957 and plays regularly at the White House between appearances in all 50 states. The mission of the United States Army Field Band is to “carry into the grassroots of our country the story of our magnificent Army.” In performances across America and throughout the world, the men and women of this organization take great pride in reflecting the excellence of all our nation’s soldiers.
Enjoy this rare Pennsylvania performance by one of the nation’s premier touring choirs in a Sunday afternoon concert, which is free and open to the public.
The Seminary Chapel is located at 147 Seminary Ridge on the western edge of Gettysburg Borough. For more information about this and other concerts in the 2009-2010 Music, Gettysburg! schedule, please call 717-338-3000 ext 2197 or visit the Music, Gettysburg! web site: www.musicgettysburg.org