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Naval Academy Men’s Glee Club to Perform in Miami

  POSTED ON: Wednesday, February 25, 2015 4:06 PM by

ANNAPOLIS, Md.—The U.S. Naval Academy Men’s Glee Club will appear as guest artists on the concert program at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Miami, Friday, March 20, at 7 p.m. The concert will be held at the cathedral located at 464 NE 16th Street, Miami. It is free and open to the public with reduced parking rates at the Omni Garage across from the cathedral. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Three current members of the Men’s Glee Club are from south Florida, and are graduates of Westminster Academy, in Ft. Lauderdale.  Midshipmen 3rd Class Max Bevill and Nico Shyne and Midshipman 4th Class Zach Ferraguti are looking forward to performing in their home state before friends and family.

“As a former member of the South Florida Singing Sons Boychoir, I have fond memories of performing at the Cathedral,” states Bevill. “Along with my good friends Nico Shyne and Zach Ferraguti, we are looking forward to bringing the Glee Club to south Florida.”  

“Our concert will be a true salute to America”, states Ferraguti. 

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 Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 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.”

“We are honored to be able to host this premier men’s choral ensemble as part of our Cathedral Music Series,” said Canon Jim Nolan of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral.

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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