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Naval Academy Men's Glee Club to Perform at Carnegie Hall
Posted on: January 08, 2013 08:00 EST
Press Release #: 004-13
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The internationally-acclaimed U.S. Naval Academy Men’s Glee Club will perform at New York City’s renowned Carnegie Hall on Friday, Jan. 18, at 7 p.m. as part of their Martin Luther King Jr. weekend tour.
During the evening program, the Men’s Glee Club will perform in conjunction with the New York-based University Glee Club and the Harvard Glee Club. Tickets are available to the public on the Carnegie Hall website.
The largest and most active of the Naval Academy’s musical organizations, the Men’s Glee Club regularly travels around the country representing the Naval Academy and the naval service. The Glee Club has received national acclaim for their recent “Christmas in Washington” performance. They have also performed masterpieces of choral-orchestral literature in collaborations with some of the nation’s leading symphony orchestras to include Charlotte, Columbus, Phoenix, Nashville and Portland, Maine. A recent collaboration with the Women’s Glee Club and the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra of Mahler’s Second Symphony received rave reviews statewide. A ten-day visit to Chile and Argentina in 2009 garnered international acclaim from ambassadors and state department officials.
&8220;We are excited to be able to bring our Men’s Glee Club to New York City to perform in one of the nation’s signature concert venues,” said Dr. Aaron Smith, the chairman of the Naval Academy’s Music Department and the director of the Men’s Glee Club. “This will be an evening of great music and a rare opportunity to see our midshipmen in Carnegie Hall.”
In addition to the Carnegie Hall performance, the Glee Club will visit New York City schools and provide special assembly programs for the student bodies. The school assembly programs are not open to the public.
Founded in 1845, the U.S. Naval Academy today is a prestigious four-year service academy that prepares midshipmen morally, mentally and physically to be professional officers in the naval service. More than 4,400 men and women representing every state in the U.S. and several foreign countries make up the student body, known as the Brigade of Midshipmen. U.S. News and World Report has recognized the Naval Academy as a top five undergraduate engineering school and a top 20 best liberal arts college. Midshipmen learn from military and civilian instructors and participate in intercollegiate varsity sports and extracurricular activities. They also study subjects like small arms, drill, seamanship and navigation, tactics, naval engineering and weapons, leadership, ethics and military law. Upon graduation, midshipmen earn a federally-funded Bachelor of Science degree in a choice of 23 different subject majors and go on to serve at least five years of exciting and rewarding service as commissioned officers in the U.S. Navy or U.S. Marine Corps