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Catawba to Offer Patriotic Salute Concert

March 15, 2016

Category: Academics, Events, Music, Students

patriotic-concert.jpgArea veterans and employees and patients at the William G. Hefner Veterans Administration Medical Center are invited to Catawba College’s Patriotic Salute Concert slated at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 22 in Keppel Auditorium on campus.

The Catawba College Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Steve Etters, an associate professor of Music Education and director of Instrumental Music at Catawba, will perform.  Selections to be offered include Rick Kirby’s “An American Fanfare,” “America, The Beautiful,” “American Spectacular (A Musical History of the United States),” “American Folk Rhapsody No. 1,” John Phillip Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever March,” and a sequence of familiar songs representing each branch of the United States Armed Forces.  The Rowan County Veterans Honor Guard will be featured and two Catawba student conductors, Daniel Cline and Hunter Safrit, will be showcased.

After intermission at the concert event, an exclusive screening of a music education documentary entitled, “Some Kind of Spark,” will be offered.  The documentary, directed by Ben Niles and produced and distributed by Argot Pictures, has not yet been screened in North Carolina.  It follows six inner city kids (ages 8-12) from the New York area as they embark on a life-changing experience – the opportunity to study music at Juilliard Conservatory of Music.  Made over a three-year period, the film intimately follows the students and their dedicated teachers, capturing the budding and profound relationships building upon every lesson.

The Patriotic Salute Concert and the screening of “Some Kind of Spark” are free open to members of the general public and tickets are not required.

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