The Toledo Symphony Orchestra, with the United States Army Soldiers’ Chorus, will perform a special Veterans Day concert, “Patriotic Pops,” at The University of Findlay at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2. The performance is part of the University’s Concert and Lecture Series.
Veterans may attend the concert at no cost. Other tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for senior citizens and $10 for students. Admission for UF undergraduate and graduate students is free, but a ticket is required. UF faculty and staff may purchase tickets for $15. Tickets are available by calling the Box Office at 419-434-5335 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The concert will include Sousa marches, an Armed Forces salute, memories of the Big Band era, Copland and Gershwin, plus the grand artistry of one of our Army’s finest ensembles.
The Soldiers’ Chorus is the vocal complement of the United States Army Field Band of Washington, D.C. The mixed choral ensemble travels throughout the nation and abroad, performing as a separate component and in joint concerts with the concert band as the “Musical Ambassadors of the Army.” The chorus is conducted by Captain Leonel A. Peña and has performed in all 50 states, Canada, Mexico, India, the Far East and throughout Europe.
The musical backgrounds of Soldiers’ Chorus personnel range from opera and musical theatre to music education and vocal coaching; this diversity provides unique programming flexibility. In addition to presenting selections from the vast choral repertoire, Soldiers’ Chorus performances often include the music of Broadway, opera, barbershop quartet and Americana. This versatility has earned the Soldiers’ Chorus an international reputation for presenting musical excellence and inspiring patriotism.
Jeffrey Pollock will conduct the orchestra, which is in its 69th consecutive season. He is an international conductor known for the musicality of his performances, his innovative concert programming and for his ability to make connections with audiences. Currently in his third year as the resident conductor of the Toledo Symphony, he crafts all of the orchestra’s 50+ community concerts, pops offerings and family events. This season, he will make his Classics Series debut and is likewise being featured on the Mozart and More Series.
The concert is made possible, in part, through the generosity of Gene and Elaine Stevens, Gene Stevens Honda and Marathon Petroleum Corp.
The Toledo Symphony will also perform on campus as part of the Concert and Lecture Series on both Friday, Feb. 1, and Friday, April 5.