UMES dedicates concert to veterans

  • Wednesday, October 23, 2013

    UMES Concert ChoirPRINCESS ANNE, MD - (Oct. 23, 2013) The University of Maryland Eastern Shore Concert Choir ushers in November with a musical event themed, "Dedication," in honor of military veterans, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and this year's 50th anniversary of King's March on Washington.

    The concert takes place at the Ella Fitzgerald Center for the Performing Arts on the university's campus Sun., Nov. 10-the day before Veteran's Day-at 4 p.m.

    "The intent is to reflect on the unselfish, honorable service that members of our Armed Forces provide every day for our country," said Dr. Sheila Harleston, interim director of UMES' choral activities. "We also want to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s contribution to the nation."

    Special guests, the Capriccio Strings of Hampton Roads, will perform during the prelude to the concert and will accompany the UMES Concert Choir on several selections, Harleston said.  The group is "no stranger to the Ella Fitzgerald stage."

    The UMES Brass Ensemble joins in the evening's festivities performing works by Brown, di Lasso, Ellington, Enloe, Grotenhuis, Haywood, Hogan, Johnson Manuel, Martin, Moore, Morris, Rutter, Sevier, Shaw, Smith, Stroope and Thomas.

    Harleston rejoined the university's faculty this semester after retiring from UMES in 2011 following 21 years teaching in the Department of Fine Arts.  Over the past two years, she served on the executive board and as director of the I. Sherman Green Chorale Inc., a semi-professional group in Norfolk that recently celebrated their 40th anniversary.  Harleston earned bachelor and master's degrees from Norfolk State University and a doctorate from Wilmington University.

    "It's great to be back directing the concert choir," said Harleston.  "I have always enjoyed working with young, talented students." 

    Harleston said choir members are looking forward to the upcoming concert this fall, spring events and performing in the community.  

    Admission is free.  Call 410-651-6571 for more information.  

     

     

    Gail Stephens, assistant director, Office of Public Relations, 410-651-7580, gcstephens@umes.edu.