Chicago, IL – 3/9/2017 – Student music ensembles from high schools across the country will perform in a commemorative concert, Songs of Thanks, for the American veterans of the Vietnam War in Orchestra Hall. The concert, presented by WorldStrides OnStage, is scheduled for March 20 at 8 pm and free to the public.
“The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration” was formed by the U.S. Secretary of Defense to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. WorldStrides OnStage joins the Commemoration as a “Commemorative Partner”, to honor Vietnam veterans nationwide. The Orchestra Hall concert in Chicago is the first of four concerts nationwide.
The concert’s repertoire includes a special arrangement of The National Anthem, America, The Beautiful, and The Stars and Stripes Forever. Individual ensembles will also make tribute to veterans during their performances. Admission is free to all.
“Music is a great way to display our patriotism and give thanks to our veterans who have served for our country,” says Dr. Michael Huff, Artistic Director for the Festival of Gold Song of Thanks. “During the concert, we will honor all U.S. Veterans, specifically Vietnam Veterans with a presentation of thanks before and after the concert.”
Songs of Thanks is an encore performance of the Festival of Gold, an elite festival hosted by WorldStrides OnStage. It is a festival for elite choirs, bands and orchestras who are invited to perform in prestigious performance venues like Orchestra Hall. This year’s festival will feature choral adjudicators, Dr. Cristian Grases and Sigrid Johnson and instrumental adjudicators, Dr. Robert Gillespie and Dr. Peter Boonshaft.
For more information or to request tickets, please visit: Worldstrides.com/FOGencoreconcerts
WorldStrides, headquartered in Charlottesville, Va., is the largest educational student travel company in the United States. Founded in 1967, it has grown to provide educational programs for more than 400,000 students annually over 100 countries around the world. It was the first company of its kind to achieve academic accreditation from regional bodies around the U.S. The OnStage division supports performing arts travel including festivals, bowl games and parade performances, and custom performing tours all around the world. For more information on WorldStrides, visit www.worldstrides.com.
Beth Campbell, Director of Marketing and Public Relations