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03/08/2013

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Sarasota News Leader March 8, 2013 Page 97 U.S. ARMY CHORUS QUARTET TO PERFORM A quartet of soloists from the celebrated U.S. Army Chorus will travel from Washington, D.C., to Sarasota this month 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, a news release notes. On Friday, 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," says Faith Lutheran Music Director Dr. Joseph Holt in the release. "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." A quartet of soloists from the U.S. Army Chorus will perform several times in Sarasota this month. Contributed photo 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, the release notes. Advance ticket donations may be made online at www.faithsarasota.com or by calling or visiting the church office. Holt, who was principal pianist for the Chorus for 20 years, will accompany the quartet The quartet will also perform on March 15 of singers as well as perform a special solo during military appreciation day at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, the Baltimore Orioles' during the concert, the release points out. spring training home. On March 17, the singers Holt retired as Master Sergeant from the U.S. will perform in Boca Grande at St. Andrew's Army in 2010. He subsequently moved from Episcopal Church; their performances in the Washington, D.C., to Sarasota, where, in addition to his position at Faith Lutheran, he also area will conclude with a concert for the stuserves as artistic director for Gloria Musicae, dents, parents and faculty of Sarasota Military Academy on March 19, the release adds. the release continues. "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," says Holt in the release. 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 924-4664 or visit www.faithsarasota.com.

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