U.S. Army Chorus performs for community
A quartet of soloists from the celebrated U.S. Army Chorus will travel from Washington, D.C., to Sarasota in March to perform in several free concerts for the community. The quartet will visit locations in Sarasota and Boca Grande, singing the National Anthem, popular tunes from Broadway musicals and favorite arias from select operas. On Fri., March 15, the Army quartet will appear at Faith Lutheran Church, 7750 Beneva Road in Sarasota, for a 7 p.m. concert, followed by a meet-the-artists reception.
“The U.S. Army Chorus, a national treasure, is the last all-male performing ensemble left in the military,” said Faith's Music Director, Dr. Joseph Holt. “They are highly trained professional singers, accustomed to performing for U.S. Presidents, the Queen of England, the Pope, dignitaries from all across the world — and most importantly, for the American public which they serve.” Holt was principal pianist for the Chorus for 20 years, and will accompany the quartet of singers as well as perform a special solo during the concert.
Holt retired as Master Sergeant from The U.S. Army in 2010. He subsequently moved from Washington D.C. to Sarasota, where in addition to his position at Faith Lutheran, he also serves as Artistic Director for Gloria Musicae.
"Musicians from The U.S. Army Band and Chorus (Pershing's Own) have performed at Faith Lutheran several times over the last few years — and each time, every seat is filled," said Holt. All Army Chorus concerts are free and open to the public; however, goodwill ticket donations of $15 will be gratefully accepted by the church to help defray event costs. Advance ticket donations may be made online at faithsarasota.com or by calling or visiting the church office.
The quartet will also perform on March 15 during military appreciation day at the Baltimore Orioles' spring training ballpark at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota. On March 17, the singers will perform in Boca Grande at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church; their performances in the area conclude with a special concert for the students, parents and faculty of Sarasota Military Academy on March 19.
Faith Lutheran Church is located at 7750 Beneva Road in Sarasota, close to the Sarasota Square Mall near the intersection of U.S. 41 and Beneva Road. For more information, call 941-924-4664 or visit faithsarasota.com.