Michigan Philharmonic to honor veterans

Veterans Day celebration at Saint Kenneth's Church in Plymouth

PLYMOUTH, Mich. - Michimich -- The Michigan Philharmonic will host a glowing tribute to veterans during a special Veterans Day celebration on Friday, Nov. 11 at Saint Kenneth's Church on Haggerty Road in Plymouth.

Led by Conductor and Music Director Nan Washburn, now in her 24th season, the Philharmonic will offer "A Veterans' Tribute – Our American Heroes," featuring American composers and honoring this nation's heroes across many generations, including soldiers, generals and presidents like Abraham Lincoln.

The 7:30 p.m. concert features Aaron Copland's portrait of Abraham Lincoln with mesmerizing readings from his speeches by radio host Peter Whorf. It will also celebrate African-American soldiers who will be remembered with a moving memoriam by William Grant Still.

A newly commissioned piece celebrates the novel "Cold Mountain." Jennifer Higdon's stunning opera won the International Opera Award for Best New Opera with themes that highlight the emotional throes of love, war, and the journey of a soldier making his way back home. The piece was made possible through New Music for America and a consortium of orchestras, including the Philharmonic.

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Other piece will include Aaron Copland "Old American Songs" (1952), including "The Little Horses", Ching-a-Ring Chaw", "The Golden Willow Tree", and "Simple Gifts"; William Grant Still's "In Memoriam: The Colored Soldiers Who Died for Democracy" (1944); Copland's "Lincoln Portrait" (1942); and Leonard Bernstein "Three Dance Episodes from On the Town" (1945). Bernstein's was both a hit musical and later a film and includes that famous song "New York, New York."

The Michigan Philharmonic Youth Orchestra Sinfonia will be playing side-by-side with the Phil on Copland's "Old American Songs."

For tickets, contact the Philharmonic at www.michiganphil.org or call (734) 451-2112. PARC is located at 650 Church Street in downtown Plymouth.

All of the Philharmonic's concerts are subject to time and date changes as well as health restrictions mandated by the State of Michigan.

Source: Michigan Philharmonic
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