Army Field Band, Soldiers Chorus Stage Free Show
U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus to Fill Macey Center with Music and Song
SOCORRO – Ask any concert-goer: There is nothing to compare with the sights and sounds of a live, onstage performance; in this case, by an ensemble of America’s foremost military musicians and singers, to entertain audiences across generations and musical genres.
The U.S. Army Field Band and the Soldiers Chorus pictured on the steps of the Capitol in Washington, D.C. The two groups will perform in Socorro on April 21.
Such is the mission of the U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus – the musical ambassadors of the Army – coming to New Mexico Tech’s Macey Center at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 21, in a Performing Art Series (PAS) concert. While the performance is free to all, tickets are required for admission.
Tech Club – Club Macey will host an “American Beauty Dinner” before the concert featuring chicken fried steak, with all the fixings, and apple pie ($20 for members, $25 for non-members, available at PAS).
The U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus are the oldest and largest of the U.S. Army Field Band’s performing components. Founded in 1946 and 1957 respectively, these two ensembles have performed in all 50 states and 30 foreign countries for audiences totaling hundreds of millions.
“Anyone who can keep a beat, anyone who enjoys music and singing, should definitely take advantage of this opportunity to listen to a 65-member band and 29-member chorus, right here in Socorro and absolutely free of charge,” PAS Director Ronna Kalish said. “With a show featuring works ranging from orchestral masterworks and operatic arias to Sousa marches, jazz classics, and Broadway musicals, I know this concert will have broad appeal for PAS subscribers, students, and the community in general.”
The U.S. Army Field Band and the Soldiers Chorus at a recent performance.
“Our recent ‘Shall We Dance?’ competition was so well received that we anticipate everyone who came out for that show will equally embrace a concert that features a variety of music styles,” she said.
Opening the program will be “America the Beautiful” by Samuel A. Ward (arr. Carmen Dragon), followed by John Stafford Smith’s “The Star Spangled Banner.”
The performance moves forward to “Hoe-Down from Rodeo” by Aaron Copland to “Shenandoah,” an emblematic American folksong; and includes other patriotic compositions from “America” (My Country ‘tis of Thee) to “Bullets and Bayonets” by John Philip Sousa. A World War II tribute precedes a brief intermission.
Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man” opens the second half of the program, followed by “Arirang,” a Korean folksong, a vocal solo; then “I Heard it Through the Grapevine” by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong.
A patriotic-infused performance could hardly be complete without the more contemporary “God Bless the USA” by Lee Greenwood. Other arrangements follow before the ensembles close with “Battle Hymn of the Republic” by William Steffe and Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever.”
The U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus perform regularly in some of the most famous concert halls in the world, and just as often in humble auditoriums in the smallest of communities. The band and chorus also perform independently, and recently have shared the stage with such luminaries as the Boston Pops, Cincinnati Pops, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra.
In addition to their national tours, formal concerts, chamber recitals and educational outreach, members of The U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus frequently represent the Army at formal and ceremonial functions, including the Presidential Inaugural Parade, presidential funerals, the Army All American Bowl, and diplomatic efforts overseas.
The ensembles have three other scheduled performances in addition to the one in Socorro, beginning in Alamogordo and Albuquerque and ending in Las Cruces.
Please pick up your complimentary tickets at the NMT Cashier’s Office (second floor of Fidel Center), Socorro County Chamber of Commerce (10am-3pm, M-F), Sofia’s Kitchen Drive-up or by calling 575-835-5688.
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