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Naval Academy Men's Glee Club to Perform
Posted on: October 30, 2013 08:00 EDT
Press Release #: 051-13
ANNAPOLIS, Md.—The U.S. Naval Academy Men’s Glee Club will appear in concert with the Winston-Salem Symphony in Winston-Salem, N.C. Saturday Nov. 9, at 7:30 p.m. The concert, “A Salute to America’s Heroes,” will be held at Reynolds Auditorium located at 301 North Hawthorne Road, Winston-Salem, N.C. The concert is free and open to the public.
The Naval Academy Men’s Glee Club, under the direction of Dr. Aaron Smith, performs masterpieces of choral-orchestral literature with many of the nation’s leading orchestras. In addition to the Academy’s annually sold-out concerts of Handel’s Messiah with the Annapolis Symphony, the Men’s Glee Club’s most recent collaborations include the Boston Pops Orchestra, Charlotte Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, Columbus Symphony, and the Nashville Symphony. Recent notable appearances include the Inaugural Concert “We Are One” performed on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, the dedication ceremony of the National Pentagon Memorial, the Ronald Reagan Freedom Award, and the Commissioning of the George H. W. Bush Aircraft Carrier (CVN-77).
“It is an honor to perform over Veterans Day weekend remembering all of those who have served our great nation. It is particularly poignant when you consider that our Glee Club members will be serving our country as officers in the Navy and Marine Corps upon graduation from the Naval Academy. We are excited to bring this talented choir to Winston-Salem and thrilled to have the opportunity to perform with such a magnificent symphony,” said Smith.
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 Reports 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 leadership, ethics, small arms, drill, seamanship and navigation, tactics, naval engineering and weapons, and military law. Upon graduation, midshipmen earn a Bachelor of Science degree in a choice of 24 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.