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Glee in Hawaii


  POSTED ON: Wednesday, February 27, 2019 10:43 AM by Maddie Darbie

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The internationally-acclaimed U.S. Naval Academy Glee Club will appear in concert in Honolulu twice this March during the Academy’s spring break. The concerts will feature a variety of music to include patriotic selections, music from Broadway, classics, and several small specialty a cappella ensembles. Both concerts are free and open to the public; no tickets required. Doors will open thirty minutes prior to each concert.

  • The first concert will be Sunday, March 10 at 3 p.m. at Kawaiahao Church, located at 967 Punchbowl Street, Honolulu, HI 96813.
  • The second concert will be Friday, March 15, at 7 p.m. at Central Union Church, located at 1660 South Beretania Street, Honolulu, HI 96828.

The USNA Glee Club is comprised of 90 singers – both the Naval Academy Men’s and Women’s Glee Clubs. The Men’s Glee Club has achieved international prominence as one of the world’s premier men’s choruses, and the highly-acclaimed Women’s Glee Club is the only all-female military ensemble in the world. Appearances on network television include The Kennedy Centers Honors (CBS), The Today Show (NBC), NBC and TNT’s Christmas in Washington, and several nationwide broadcasts featuring the National Anthem.

The USNA Glee Club regularly performs choral-orchestral works collaborating with the nation’s leading symphonic organizations. Recent orchestral collaborations include performances as a guest artist with the Minnesota Orchestra, Memphis Symphony, and Nashville Symphony. In the past decade alone, the USNA Glee Club has performed extensively throughout the United States and abroad to include concert tours to Great Britain, Chile, Italy, Argentina, and Brazil.

“We are excited for this rare opportunity to bring the Glee Club to perform in Hawaii,” said Glee Club Director, Dr. Aaron Smith. The Glee Club includes two midshipmen from Hawaii, Midshipman First Class (senior) Lael Sommer, a 2015 graduate of Punahou School, and Midshipman Second Class (junior) Jordan Sun, a 2015 graduate of Roosevelt High School.

“I am truly thrilled to be coming home with the Glee Club to perform for my friends and family. To visit and perform at Punahou will be really special for me,” said Sommer.

“Participating in Glee Club is one of the most significant things I’m involved in at the Naval Academy, and I am proud to be able to introduce this amazing ensemble to my friends and family in Hawaii,” said Sun.

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 nations make up the student body, known as the Brigade of Midshipmen. Midshipmen learn from military and civilian professors and participate in intercollegiate athletics and extra-curricular activities. Twenty-five percent of the student body is involved in musical activities. They also study subjects such as leadership, ethics, small arms, drill, seamanship and navigation, tactics, naval engineering and weapons, and military law. Upon graduation, midshipmen earn a Bachelor of Science degree in one of 25 different subject majors and go on to serve at least five years of rewarding service as commissioned officers in the U.S. Navy or U.S. Marine Corps.

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