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California State University, Sacramento

Posted: May 11, 2000

Vocalists to Observe
Armed Forces Day With Concert

More than 100 voices will honor the military with song when three choral groups from California State University, Sacramento perform an Armed Forces Day concert at 8 p.m., Saturday, May 20 at St. Ignatius Church, 3235 Arden Way.

A 34-piece orchestra will accompany 120 vocalists from the CSUS Chamber Choir, Women's Chorus and University Chorus as they perform works by Brahms, Dvorak and more.

CSUS choral conductor Donald Kendrick will read from various military writings between performances, including a moving entry from a soldier's diary, the words of a retired Vietnam veteran and classic works regarding American peace, freedom and pride.

"We will bring attention to the people whose lives are and were dedicated to keeping peace in this country," says Kendrick, of Fair Oaks. "We invite members of the military to come to the concert in uniform."

This year's concert will feature soprano Joyce Scolnick of Folsom and baritone John Martin of Rancho Cordova, as well as graduate conducting students Cheryl Eshoff of Carmichael and Nathaniel Johnson of El Dorado Hills.

Eshoff will conduct Dvorak's majestic and rarely heard "Te Deum." Johnson will conduct Handel's "Royal Fireworks Suite."

Armed Forces Day honors members of all branches of the U.S. military. The celebration began with the unification of the armed forces in 1949.

Concert tickets are $10 general and $5 for students and seniors and are available from the CSUS Central Ticket Office at (916) 278-4323, or at BASS.

More information is available by calling (916) 278-6156.


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