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Citadel News Service

Office of Public Affairs

FOR RELEASE
February 15, 1999

 

United States Army Chorus To Perform at The Citadel


          The United States Army Chorus, one of the only full-time, all-male choruses in the country, will perform at The Citadel, Thursday, February 25, at 7:00 p.m. in Summerall Chapel.

          The Army Chorus, founded in 1956 to serve as a vocal counterpart to the U.S. Army Band, covers a broad repertoire of music ranging from military and patriotic standards to folk and classical pieces. Due to its unique capabilities, the chorus performs works written for male voices by master composers ranging from Brahms and Schubert to Thompson and Copland. The men in the chorus, most of whom hold advanced degrees in music, are selected from the nation's finest musicians.

          Major John Clanton, graduate of Furman University and the Eastman School of Music, will serve as the conductor of the chorus. In addition to his conducting studies with Donald Hunsberger, Maj. Clanton studied piano, voice and opera and performed with the Eastman Wind Ensemble on its 1994 Japan Tour. Major Clanton is also the son of retired Army Chaplain, Colonel Charles Clanton, who serves as Chaplain for The Citadel Corps of Cadets.

          The Army Chorus will be joined by The Citadel Cadet Chorale for several musical pieces. The Cadet Chorale is the official touring choir of The Citadel with members being selected after competitive auditions. The Army Chorus has performed for audiences that include Queen Elizabeth II, the Princess of Thailand, and Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev. The Cadet Chorale has performed for former president Ronald Reagan, Generals Colin Powell and Norman Schwarzkopf, ABC's Good Morning America, and Ted Turner. The Cadet Chorale is under the direction of Nancy Leftner, Director of Chorale Music at The Citadel.

          The concert is open to the public and free of charge.


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