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Upcoming Performances

This is a list of all upcoming performances for the 2019-2020 academic year.

  • Sep
    06
  • MOMIX Ballet
    Location: USNA, Alumni Hall (Bob Hope Center For The Performing Arts)
    Time: 07:00 PM

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    The Distinguished Artists Series is part of a comprehensive program developed by the Naval Academy's Senior Leadership to enrich the education of Midshipmen through exposure and involvement with fine arts. This series has presented the world's finest classical and cultural performers to the Academy with an annual mix of Opera, Ballet, Orchestra, and diverse international ensembles. The Distinguished Artists Series was launched with the opening of Alumni Hall, and for the past 28 years, has enjoyed the support of the Navy's most senior officers, the Naval Academy's faculty and staff, the Midshipmen, and the greater Academy community.

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    Momix transports audiences from their everyday lives to a fantasy world through its trademark use of magical lighting and imagery. Momix has thrilled fans in over 22 countries and has been featured on stage, screen and television. In an endless search for ‘another gravity,’ Artistic Director Moses Pendleton combines athletic dance, riveting music, outrageous costumes, inventive props and pure talent to create an entertaining multimedia experience.

     "... the IMAX version of dance theater… a savvy mix of puppetry, strobe lights and multi-media" —Star Ledger

    “A joyous, fantastic, magical multimedia creation… celebrates the joy of spectacle-an eye popping mind boggling production.” —The New York Times

    “…seduction and emotion…acrobatics, pure classical line, rhythmic gymnastics, circus tricks - they did everything with a touch of class and amazing body control.” —Montreal Gazette

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  • Sep
    13
  • Second Class Parents Week Concert
    Location: USNA, Mahan Hall
    Time: 07:00 PM

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    In honor of Second Class Parents Weekend, the USNA Men's Glee Club, USNA Women's Glee Club, and USNA Gospel Choir join together in a rare combined performance highlighting the incredible talents of the Brigade of Midshipmen!

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  • Sep
    15
  • Guest Artists at Maryland Renaissance Festival
    Location: Annapolis, MD
    Time: 10:30 AM
  • Sep
    20
  • Organ Recital
    Chapel Organ
    Special Guest: Chelsea Chen
    Location: USNA, Main Chapel
    Time: 07:00 PM

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    USNA proudly welcomes renowned guest organist, Chelsea Chen.

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  • Sep
    27
  • Jazz Night
    Trident Brass
    (Midshipmen Only Event)
    Location: USNA, Smoke Hall
    Time: 07:00 PM
  • Oct
    06
  • Guest Choir at First Baptist Church Glenarden
    Location: Upper Marlboro, MD
    Time: 12:00 PM
  • Oct
    06
  • U.S. Navy Sea Services Annual Mass
    Location: Emmitsburg, MD (Seton Shrine)
    Time: 03:00 PM
  • Oct
    25
  • Location: USNA, Main Chapel
    Time: 07:00 PM

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    The USNA annual Halloween Concert is a spectacular event of music, light, drama, and dance.  One of the most popular events on the Yard, this production is an experience you will not soon forget!  This electrifying concert features Mr. Monte Maxwell, Chapel Organist and Director of Chapel Music, with the multi-faceted talents of midshipmen in a presentation that has drawn record-breaking crowds into the Naval Academy Chapel.  A wide variety of music from multiple genres, including the famous Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, are featured in this concert celebrating the triumph of good over evil and All Saints’ Day. The incredible performances, special effects, and grand finale will leave you on the edge of your seat!

    Friday, October 25, 2019 at 7:00 PM

    Friday, October 25, 2019 at 10:00 PM

    Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 7:00 PM

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  • Oct
    25
  • Location: USNA, Main Chapel
    Time: 10:00 PM

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    The USNA annual Halloween Concert is a spectacular event of music, light, drama, and dance.  One of the most popular events on the Yard, this production is an experience you will not soon forget!  This electrifying concert features Mr. Monte Maxwell, Chapel Organist and Director of Chapel Music, with the multi-faceted talents of midshipmen in a presentation that has drawn record-breaking crowds into the Naval Academy Chapel.  A wide variety of music from multiple genres, including the famous Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, are featured in this concert celebrating the triumph of good over evil and All Saints’ Day. The incredible performances, special effects, and grand finale will leave you on the edge of your seat!

    Friday, October 25, 2019 at 7:00 PM

    Friday, October 25, 2019 at 10:00 PM

    Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 7:00 PM

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  • Oct
    26
  • Location: USNA, Main Chapel
    Time: 07:00 PM

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    The USNA annual Halloween Concert is a spectacular event of music, light, drama, and dance.  One of the most popular events on the Yard, this production is an experience you will not soon forget!  This electrifying concert features Mr. Monte Maxwell, Chapel Organist and Director of Chapel Music, with the multi-faceted talents of midshipmen in a presentation that has drawn record-breaking crowds into the Naval Academy Chapel.  A wide variety of music from multiple genres, including the famous Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, are featured in this concert celebrating the triumph of good over evil and All Saints’ Day. The incredible performances, special effects, and grand finale will leave you on the edge of your seat!

    Friday, October 25, 2019 at 7:00 PM

    Friday, October 25, 2019 at 10:00 PM

    Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 7:00 PM

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  • Nov
    01
  • Jazz Night
    Trident Brass
    (Midshipmen Only Event)
    Location: USNA, Smoke Hall
    Time: 07:00 PM
  • Nov
    07-11
  • Veteran's Day Outreach Tour
    Location: Norfolk, VA

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    The Gospel Choir will travel to NORFOLK, VIRGINIA to visit several high schools and perform publicly to highlight the talents of the Brigade of Midshipmen and to introduce prospective candidates to the opportunities available to them by attending the US Naval Academy.

    PUBLIC PERFORMANCES:

         November 10, 2019 - Guest Choir
              Zion Baptist Church 
              125 W. County Street
              Hampton, VA 23663
              11:00 AM (Worship Service)

  • Nov
    22
  • Midshipmen Instrumentalists
    Location: USNA, Main Chapel
    Time: 07:00 PM

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    The Naval Academy Orchestra, comprised of talented midshipmen and members of the Annapolis community, presents its 4th annual fall concert.

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  • Dec
    03
  • Holiday Concert
    Location: USNA, Mahan Hall
    Time: 07:00 PM

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    Join us for a fun-filled holiday concert by our swingin', rockin', jazz band - Trident Brass along with the Naval Academy Band Jazz Ensemble!

    (No tickets required)

  • Dec
    05
  • Fall Concert
    Location: USNA, Mahan Hall
    Time: 07:00 PM

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    Join the Pipes and Drums as they perform their Fall Concert - complete with Pipes and Drums (of course!), Highland Dancers, Celtic instruments, and a few extra surprises!  Don't miss it!

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  • Dec
    07
  • 73rd Annual Handel's Messiah
    Men's Glee Club
    Women's Glee Club
    and the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra
    Location: USNA, Main Chapel
    Time: 07:00 PM

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    Continuing a long-standing tradition, the USNA Glee Club combines with the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, and soloists from the Metropolitan Opera Company to present selections from Handel's beloved Messiah on Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon conducted by Dr. Aaron Smith, USNA Director of Musical Activities. This beautifully elegant concert has been broadcast on public television stations nationwide.

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  • Dec
    08
  • 73rd Annual Handel's Messiah
    Men's Glee Club
    Women's Glee Club
    and the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra
    Location: USNA, Main Chapel
    Time: 03:00 PM

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    Continuing a long-standing tradition, the USNA Glee Club combines with the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, and soloists from the Metropolitan Opera Company to present selections from Handel's beloved Messiah on Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon conducted by Dr. Aaron Smith, USNA Director of Musical Activities. This beautifully elegant concert has been broadcast on public television stations nationwide.

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  • Dec
    13
  • Annual Pipe and Drum Competition
    Pipes and Drums
    and West Point Pipes and Drums
    Location: Philadelphia, PA
    Time: 06:00 PM
  • Dec
    15
  • Christmas Carols
    Location: USNA, Main Chapel
    Time: 07:00 PM

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    Led by Mr. Monte Maxwell, USNA's Chapel Organist and Director of Chapel Music, come usher in the Christmas Season in the beautiful Naval Academy Chapel.  Bring a list of your favorite carols and get ready to sing your heart out!
    No tickets required!  (Just your voices!)

    (No tickets required)

  • Jan
    10
  • Stephanie Blythe in Concert
    Location: USNA, Mahan Hall
    Time: 07:00 PM

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    The Distinguished Artists Series is part of a comprehensive program developed by the Naval Academy's Senior Leadership to enrich the education of Midshipmen through exposure and involvement with fine arts. This series has presented the world's finest classical and cultural performers to the Academy with an annual mix of Opera, Ballet, Orchestra, and diverse international ensembles. The Distinguished Artists Series was launched with the opening of Alumni Hall, and for the past 28 years, has enjoyed the support of the Navy's most senior officers, the Naval Academy's faculty and staff, the Midshipmen, and the greater Academy community.

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    Renowned opera singer and recitalist, mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe is considered one of the most highly respected and critically acclaimed artists of her generation.  Her repertoire ranges from Handel to Wagner, German lieder to contemporary and classic American song.  Ms. Blythe has performed on the world's great stages, such as Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Opera, Covent Garden, Paris National Opera and San Francisco, Chicago Lyric and Seattle Operas.  Ms. Blythe was named Musical America's Vocalist of the Year in 2009, received an Opera News Award in 2007 and won the Tucker Award in 1999.  Ms. Blythe recently released her first crossover recording on the Innova label with pianist Craig Terry, who joins her for this special performance.

    Join us for an intimate Distinguished Artist Series concert in historic Mahan Hall – you will not want to miss this special performance from one of the world’s great vocal artists!

    “Blythe’s voice is as powerful as any, and her confidence in her instrument is rightfully unwavering. To fill a hall with sound is not an easy feat for any singer, but to drop to a near whisper, as she did with The White Cliffs of Dover, without a single audience member even considering missing a word, is the act of a magician.” - Palm Beach Daily

    “Stephanie Blythe is a hostess with the mostest.  An advocate for the song, whether she is singing Wagner’s ‘Things are the way the are because of the eternal Gods,’ or ‘Der Deitcher’s Dog’ in faux German with a yodel, Blythe sings with the ease of a consummate artist.  Her enthusiasm is contagious.” –Berkshire Fine Arts

    "Carnegie Hall is no place for cabaret songs, an art form that thrived in Parisian cafes and Berlin nightclubs. Yet, on Friday the mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe, who can do anything, turned Carnegie’s 2,800-seat Stern Auditorium into her personal cabaret haunt.” – New York Times

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  • Jan
    31
  • Midshipmen Classical Instrumental Recital
    Location: USNA, Main Chapel
    Time: 07:00 PM

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    The Brigade of Midshipmen possesses a vast number of very talented instrumentalists. These midshipmen come from backgrounds of intense disciplined training since early childhood. This special recital highlights individual midshipmen on a variety of instruments... from violin and trumpet to piano and harp.

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  • Feb
    09
  • USNA Black History Month Concert
    Gospel Choir
    35th Anniversary of USNA Gospel Choir Celebration!
    Location: USNA, Main Chapel
    Time: 04:00 PM

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    USNA observes Black History Month with an incredible performance by the Naval Academy Gospel Choir.  We will also be celebrating the 35th Anniversary of the creation of the USNA Gospel Choir at this can't-miss special concert!

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  • Feb
    14-16
  • Guest Artists at Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival
    Location: Rockville, MD

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    (Separate admission to festival may be required for audience members.)
  • Feb
    14
  • Jazz Night
    Trident Brass
    (Midshipmen Only Event)
    Location: USNA, Smoke Hall
    Time: 07:00 PM
  • Feb
    15
  • Army/Navy Basketball Game
    Location: West Point (U.S. Military Academy)
  • Feb
    21-23
  • Oklahoma!
    Location: USNA, Mahan Hall

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    A highlight of each year is the USNA Glee Club Winter Musical. Produced in true Broadway style, it is a fully-staged, costumed, and choreographed production with live pit orchestra.

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    2020 - OKLAHOMA!

         Friday, February 21, 2020
         7:00 PM

         Saturday, February 22, 2020
         7:00 PM

         Sunday, February 23, 2020
         3:00 PM

    NOTE: There are only 3 performances this year.  Be sure to get your tickets early!

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  • Mar
    07-15
  • Spring Concert Tour
    Location: Florida and Virginia

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    Spring Break Concert Tour
    March 7-15, 2020


    The Men's and Women's Glee Clubs will travel to FLORIDA and VIRGINIA to perform several public concerts to highlight the talents of the Brigade of Midshipmen and to introduce prospective candidates to the opportunities available to them by attending the US Naval Academy.

    PUBLIC PERFORMANCES:

         Sunday, March 17, 2020 - PUBLIC CONCERT!
              Cathedral Church of St. Luke
              130 N. Magnolia AVE
              Orlando, FL 32801
              3:00 PM (Concert)

         TBA, March, 2020 - PUBLIC CONCERT!
              Kennedy Space Center
              TBA
              TBA
              TBA PM (Concert)

         TBA, March, 2020 - PUBLIC CONCERT!
              Hyde Park United Methodist
              500 W. Platt Street
              Tampa, FL 33606
              3:00 PM (Concert)

         Saturday, March 14, 2020 - PUBLIC CONCERT!
              Christ and St. Luke's Episcopal Church
              560 W. Olney Road
              Norfolk, VA 23507
              7:00 PM (Concert)

  • Mar
    07-15
  • Spring Outreach Tour
    Location: New York, NY (Area)

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    Spring Break Outreach Tour
    March 7-15, 2020


    The Gospel Choir will travel to the NEW YORK CITY AREA to perform several public concerts to highlight the talents of the Brigade of Midshipmen and to introduce prospective candidates to the opportunities available to them by attending the US Naval Academy.

    PUBLIC PERFORMANCES:

         Sunday, March 17, 2020
              TBA
              TBA
              TBA
              TBA PM (Concert)

         Saturday, March 14, 2020 - ADMISSIONS FORUM!
              TBA
              TBA
              TBA
              9:00 AM-12:00 PM

         Sunday, March 15, 2020
              TBA
              TBA
              TBA
              TBA PM (Concert)

  • Mar
    20
  • Spring Concert
    Location: USNA, Mahan Hall
    Time: 07:00 PM

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    Join the Pipes and Drums as they perform their Spring Concert - complete with Pipes and Drums (of course!), Highland Dancers, Celtic instruments, and a few extra surprises!  Don't miss it!

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  • Mar
    27
  • Spring Tour "Home" Concert
    Location: USNA, Main Chapel
    Time: 07:00 PM

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    The Men's and Women's Glee Clubs return from FLORIDA and VIRGINIA.  Featured works will include Sea Shanties, Broadway favorites, patriotic, sublime classical gems, and, of course, a few surprises!

    Come see and hear a spectacular performance witnessed by thousands as the Men's and Women's Glee Club represented USNA on the road!

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  • Apr
    03
  • Jazz Night
    Trident Brass
    (Midshipmen Only Event)
    Location: USNA, Mahan Hall
    Time: 07:00 PM
  • Apr
    04
  • International Ball
    Location: USNA, Alumni Hall
    Time: 06:00 PM

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    (Admittance to International Ball required.)
  • Apr
    17
  • Location: USNA, Alumni Hall
    Time: 07:00 PM

    More Info

    The Distinguished Artists Series is part of a comprehensive program developed by the Naval Academy's Senior Leadership to enrich the education of Midshipmen through exposure and involvement with fine arts. This series has presented the world's finest classical and cultural performers to the Academy with an annual mix of Opera, Ballet, Orchestra, and diverse international ensembles. The Distinguished Artists Series was launched with the opening of Alumni Hall, and for the past 28 years, has enjoyed the support of the Navy's most senior officers, the Naval Academy's faculty and staff, the Midshipmen, and the greater Academy community.

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    47th Annual Spring Oratorio
    Friday, April 17, 2020

    Orff: Carmina Burana
    Dr. Aaron Smith, conductor

    In 1936, Carl Orff set to music a series of poems from an anonymous 13th century manuscript that describes the exuberant and earthy celebration fate and fortune. Filled with humor and passion, Carmina Burana is one of the twentieth century’s most exciting and popular large-scale works for soloists, chorus, and symphony orchestra. This program continues a long tradition of great performances combining the professional artistry of the Annapolis Symphony with the Naval Academy’s own nationally acclaimed Glee Club.

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  • Apr
    19
  • Guest Choir at Kingdom Fellowship AME
    Location: Silver Spring, MD
    Time: 10:00 PM
  • Apr
    24
  • Spring Concert
    Location: USNA, Mahan Hall
    Time: 07:00 PM

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    Join us for Trident Brass' very first full-length solo concert!

    (No tickets required!)

  • Apr
    25
  • Southern Maryland Celtic Festival
    Location: St. Leonard, MD
  • Apr
    25
  • St. John's Croquet Match
    Location: St. John's College, Annapolis, MD
    Time: 12:00 PM
  • May
    01
  • Hymn Sing
    Location: USNA, Main Chapel
    Time: 07:00 PM

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    Led by Mr. Monte Maxwell, USNA's Chapel Organist and Director of Chapel Music, this is a "good ol' fashion" hymn sing!  Bring a list of your favorite hymns and get ready to sing your heart out!

    No tickets required!  (Just your voices!)

  • May
    18
  • Herndon Climb Performance
    Location: USNA, Zimmerman Bandstand
    Time: 12:15 PM
  • May
    19
  • Turnover Formation Performance
    Location: USNA, Tecumseh Court
    Time: 12:30 PM
  • May
    19
  • Commissioning Week Concert
    Location: USNA, Main Chapel
    Time: 08:00 PM

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    The Naval Academy Men's Glee Club, Women's Glee Club, and Gospel Choir join forces to present a very special concert in honor of the Class of 2020!  Join us for this memorable 90-minute concert featuring Patriotic favorites, Sea Chanties, Broadway, and sacred songs in the beautiful setting of the Naval Academy Chapel!

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  • May
    20
  • Demonstration Performance
    Location: USNA, Radford Terrace
    Time: 12:30 PM
  • May
    20
  • Commissioning Week Organ Recital
    Chapel Organ
    Monte Maxwell
    Location: USNA, Main Chapel
    Time: 04:00 PM

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    Immediately following the Blue Angels, join us in the beautiful Naval Academy Chapel as world-class organist, Mr. Monte Maxwell, demonstrates the incredible power and sound of one of the finest organs in the world.  Ample air-conditioning included!

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