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Glee in Hawaii


  POSTED ON: Friday, November 8, 2019 9:38 AM by

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The U.S. Naval Academy Glee Club will appear as guest artists with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in a celebration of Veterans Day by performing two concerts in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre in Rochester, N.Y. on Friday, Nov. 15, and Saturday, Nov. 16, at 8 p.m.

The concert theme, “America, The Beautiful: Patriotic Pops,” will feature a variety of music to include patriotic selections, music from Broadway and choral classics. Tickets start at $30 per person and can be purchased at

The USNA Glee Club is comprised of 100 singers, combining the 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 Women’s Glee Club is the only all-female military ensemble in the world. Appearances on network television include The Kennedy Center Honors (CBS), The Today Show (NBC), NBC and TNT’s Christmas in Washington and numerous additional nationwide broadcasts.

One member of the Glee Club is a Rochester native who had the opportunity as a high school student to sing in the Rochester Philharmonic Holiday Pops Concert under the direction of Maestro Tyzik.

“I remember this concert as a highlight and look forward to performing with the Rochester Philharmonic again this November,” said Midshipman 1st Class (senior) Alex Kieffer. Kieffer graduated from Pavilion High School in Genessee County.  

“We are excited to be able to bring this acclaimed Glee Club to perform in Rochester with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra,” said Glee Club Director, Dr. Aaron Smith. “We have worked with Maestro Jeff Tyzik on previous collaboration, and the ensemble is looking forward to making some great music with him again for these special performances.”

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

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 4,000 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. They also study subjects such as seamanship and navigation, tactics, naval engineering and weapons, leadership, ethics, military law, cyber security, English and international affairs, to name a few.  Upon graduation, midshipmen earn a tax-payer funded Bachelor of Science degree in a choice of 25 different academic majors and will serve at least five years of rewarding and challenging service as commissioned officers in the U.S. Navy or U.S. Marine Corps.

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Category: Press Releases, Musical/Performing Arts