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Naval Academy Men’s Glee Club to Perform in Ft. Lauderdale

  POSTED ON: Wednesday, February 25, 2015 4:01 PM by mediarelations@usna.edu

#014-15     ANNAPOLIS, Md.—The U.S. Naval Academy Men’s Glee Club will appear as guest artists

on the concert program of the Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Saturday, March 14, at 7 p.m. The concert will be held at the Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church located at 5555 N. Federal Highway, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. It is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Three current members of the Men’s Glee Club are from the Ft. Lauderdale area, and are graduates of Westminster Academy, adjacent to Coral Ridge. Midshipmen 3rd Class Max Bevill and Nico Shyne and Midshipman 4th Class Zach Ferraguti are looking forward to performing in their hometown area. 

“As an alumnus of Westminster Academy, and a former active participant in their music program, I had the opportunity to perform at Coral Ridge many times. I am excited to be able to come back, along with my fellow alumni and good friends, Nico Shyne and Zach Ferraguti, to perform for friends and family” states Bevill.

“It will pay tribute to those who have served and are serving our nation, and it is a tremendous honor for us to do so in the city and school that played such an important part of our lives” added Shyne.

The MGC is the largest and most active of the Naval Academy’s musical organizations, and  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, S.C.; Columbus, Ohio; Phoenix; Nashville, Tenn.; Portland, Ore. and Winston-Salem, N.C. 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 bring this premier men’s ensemble to south Florida and especially to be able to present a concert at Coral Ridge, one of the premier performing venues in the area,” 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 pieces for men’s voices and everything in between- something for everyone.”

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 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.          

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