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USNA Men’s Glee Club to Perform in Jacksonville

  POSTED ON: Thursday, October 23, 2014 8:00 AM by USNA PAO

Press Release: #090-14

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The internationally-acclaimed U.S. Naval Academy Men’s Glee Club will appear in concert as guest artists with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra in Jacksonville, Fla., at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, located at 300 Water Street.

Performances are Friday, Nov. 7, at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m., and Saturday Nov. 8, at 8:00 p.m. at the Robert E. Jacoby Symphony Hall. Tickets are available at 904-354-5547 and online at

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 recent performances including a sold-out Carnegie Hall program and musical selections for the JFK 50th Anniversary in Dallas. The group has also performed masterpieces of choral-orchestral literature in collaboration with some of the nation’s leading symphony orchestras including Charlotte, Columbus, Phoenix, Nashville, Portland and Winston-Salem. A recent performance with the Naval Academy’s Women’s Glee Club and the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra of Mahler’s Second Symphony received rave reviews statewide, and a ten-day visit to Chile and Argentina in 2009 garnered international acclaim from ambassadors and state department officials.

“We are excited to be able to bring this premier men’s ensemble to Jacksonville and perform with such an acclaimed symphony,” said Dr. Aaron Smith, the chairman of the Naval Academy’s Music Department and the director of the Men’s Glee Club. “The program will feature a fine selection of patriotic music, classical masterpieces for men’s voices and
orchestra and everything in between – something for everyone. On the eve of the Veteran’s Day holiday, the program will salute those who have served and are serving our nation in harm’s way.”

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. 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 tax-payer funded Bachelor of Science degree in a choice of 25 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.

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