Music in the Life of Eisenhower

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The Virginia Chamber Orchestra, David Grandis, Music Director - Image courtesy Virginia Chamber Orchestra
The Virginia Chamber Orchestra, David Grandis, Music Director - Image courtesy Virginia Chamber Orchestra

Ernst Community Cultural Center, Northern Virginia Community College

8333 Little River Turnpike Annandale, Virginia 22003
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Music in the Life of Eisenhower” on April 7th will commemorate the 75thAnniversary of D-Day, June 6, 2019.

Music Director David Grandis and Virginia Chamber Orchestra will be joined by Narrator Robert Aubry Davis from National Public Television’s WETA; the Airmen of Note, the premier jazz ensemble of the U.S. Air Force; and the select Pro Coro singers from the Alexandria Choral Society. Davis will provide insights about Eisenhower’s musical favorites–selected from lists by reliable sources and recordings in his personal collection– and will share what they reveal about him.

As Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Forces in Europe during World War II, General Eisenhower placed great importance on maintaining high morale of the troops.  Music was an essential part of his strategy.  He enthusiastically encouraged the major contributions of Irving Berlin, Glenn Miller, and Glenn Miller’s Army Air Force Band. The Airmen of Note, founded to continue the Glenn Miller Band tradition, will perform Miller’s signature songs, and the Pro Coro singers and orchestra will perform Berlin’s “God Bless America, sometimes called the “second national anthem.”

The program will also include music performed at White House events hosted by Ike and Mamie, and Ike’s personal favorites, from a West Point song and a folk tune to music from a hit Broadway show.

The “Music in the Life of Eisenhower” concert is being presented free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis.  If you register in advance, you will be guaranteed a seat, unless informed that seats are no longer available.

A complimentary reception follows the concert. All concert parking is free.

Funded in part by a grant from Virginia Humanities.

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