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'America The Beautiful' patriotic pops concert Nov. 11

• Updated Oct 29, 2018 at 4:02 PM

SANDUSKY — Firelands Symphony Orchestra will present a patriotic pops concert titled “America The Beautiful” at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11 at the Sandusky State Theatre.

This annual concert will feature the full orchestra conducted by Carl Topilow, The USO Show Troupe guest vocalists and the Marines Forever Honor Color Guard. There will be a pre-show concert talk at 3 p.m.

This family-friendly Patriotic Pops concert is an annual tradition when the Firelands Symphony Orchestra takes the opportunity to present a program honoring veterans and current military personnel. The FSO invites residents of the Ohio Veterans Home, members of the local VFWs, American Legion, Marine Corps League and other military and patriot organizations to attend this event free of charge.

Nov. 11 will mark the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, recognizing the end of World War I. Established as a national holiday by Congress and President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1954, “Armistice” was replaced with “Veterans” and the national holiday has been recognized as Veterans Day ever since.

Marines Forever Honor Guard members will be on hand to greet patrons at the lobby door and start off the evening with the presentation of the colors. 

Carl Topilow will direct the full orchestra and guest artists in an inspiring program that will feature works that encourage reflection and inspire hope. Songs to be performed include “1941,” “America The Beautiful,” “Star Spangled Banner,” “The National Guard March,” “Over There,” “Stars and Stripes Forever” and “God Bless America.”

The USO Show Troupe is part of an American tradition that dates back to its beginnings in the muddy camp shows of the South Pacific during World War II. With more than 350 live annual performances, the Troupe entertains approximately 600,000 service members and their families worldwide as well as nationally televised audiences. The four artists from the USO Show Troupe will perform “something for everyone” with songs ranging from the “Star Spangled Banner”, “Danny Boy,” “God Bless America”, “The Patriot” and “Bring Him Home,” among other numbers.

To purchase tickets or obtain more information, call 419-621-4800 or visit www.firelandssymphony.com.

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