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Verses of Valor: A Salute to Veterans by Mary Bryant, Dubuque Chorale
Dubuque Chorale present their fall concert,
Verses of Valor: A Salute to Veterans.
Performances are on Saturday, November 3rd,
at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, November 4th,
at 2:00 p.m., at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 1199 Main Street in Dubuque.
This November marks the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day. In honor of this significant anniversary and the many veterans who have served through the years, the Dubuque Chorale, its chamber choir Cadenza, and the Dubuque Chorale Children’s Choir present their fall concert, Verses of Valor: A Salute to Veterans, and especially welcome all veterans.
According to Dr. Amanda Huntleigh, the Dubuque Chorale’s new Artistic Director, the concert “juxtaposes patriotic music with the myriad responses veterans and civilians have to war.” Musical offerings will include settings of poetry that evoke American wars back to the Revolutionary War as well as traditional patriotic pieces, and the three choirs will conclude the concert by singing together an uplifting rendition of “God Bless America.” Huntleigh finds great worth in using music to explore themes of war and sacrifice. “There is value in immersing oneself in beautiful, and sometimes uncomfortable art. We will offer our gratitude for our veterans through music, as we try to give voice to the complexity and humanity of military service,” she says.
The Dubuque Chorale, its chamber choir Cadenza,
and the Dubuque Chorale Children’s Choir.
Karmella Sellers, Director of the Dubuque Chorale Children’s Choir, is emphatic about the importance of honoring veterans. “Part of my job is to educate children about the history of music we may be doing. Although some children may have family members who are active duty or veterans, many do not,” she points out. “Any chance I can take to make them aware of the service and sacrifice of our brave men and women is an opportunity I take.”
Performances are on Saturday, November 3rd, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, November 4th, at 2:00 p.m., at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 1199 Main Street in Dubuque, Iowa. An accessible entrance is available in the alley. A free-will offering will be taken. Before each performance there will be the Presentation of the Colors and all will be invited to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
A recent grant from the Dubuque Racing Association supported the purchase of new risers, which will be in use for the concert. The Dubuque Chorale is grateful for the generosity of the DRA.
The Dubuque Chorale