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#014-16 Naval Academy Men's Glee Club to Perform in Berkeley, Calif.

  POSTED ON: Tuesday, March 8, 2016 10:53 AM by mediarelations@usna.edu

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The U.S. Naval Academy Men’s Glee Club will perform in Berkeley, Calif. Tuesday, March 15, at 7 p.m.

The concert will be held at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, located at 2300 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, Calif. Admission is free and doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

The Pacific Boychoir will perform as special guests during the program.

“We are excited to be able to bring this premier men’s ensemble to Berkeley and especially to be able to present a concert at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 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.”

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 to include a sold-out Carnegie Hall program; musical selections for the JFK 50th Events in Dallas; and collaborations performing masterpieces of choral-orchestral literature with some of the nation’s leading symphony orchestras. A recent collaboration with the Women’s Glee Club and the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra of Mahler’s Second Symphony received rave reviews statewide. A ten-day visit to Chile and Argentina in 2009 garnered international acclaim from ambassadors and state department officials.

“Performing in Berkeley close to my hometown will be an awesome experience for our ensemble,” said Midshipman 3rd Class Scott Serrato, a San Francisco native and Glee Club member. “We look forward to making some great music in a great space.”

The Men’s Glee Club will also appear in concert Saturday, March 12, at 7 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Palo Alto, Calif., and Friday, March 18, at 7 p.m. at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco at 7 p.m.

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 an academic faculty, comprised of both military and civilian professors and participate in intercollegiate varsity sports and extracurricular activities. They also study subjects to include 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 academic majors and go on to serve at least five years of exciting and rewarding service as commissioned officers in the U.S. Navy or the U.S. Marine Corps.

For more information on the Naval Academy Men’s Glee Club, please visit www.usna.edu/music.

For more information about the Naval Academy, visit www.usna.edu or the Naval Academy’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/USNavalAcademy.


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