World War I, dubbed “The Great War,” was an international war fought 1914-1918 that involved many European nations, including Russia, as well as the United States, the Middle East and other regions.
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ending of the war, and to honor all veterans, the Kingwood Chorale along with guest artists will perform a special patriotic concert. The two-day musical event will take place Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Kingwood and Nov. 11 at 6 p.m. at the Atascocita United Methodist Church.
“Our goal is to honor the great sacrifice of our WWI veterans and celebrate all who have ever served in the military,” said Dr. Todd Miller, chorale director and professor of music at Lone Star College-Kingwood.
The first half of the concert will showcase popular music from the WWI era, including hits such as “Over There” and “You’re A Grand Old Flag.” The event will also feature poetic readings from the great writers who served in the war. The first half will conclude with a dramatic performance of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ short eight-minute anthem, “Lord, Thou Has Been Our Refuge.” Williams served during the war and wrote this piece after it ended.
The second half of the program will feature patriotic songs, including new medley arrangements by Paul English and John Cornelius. Musical guests include violinist Xia Xia Zhang and pianist Dr. Robert Hunt. Before each performance, there will be a 45-minute pre-concert lecture on WWI by Dr. Kathleen Barr, a historian.
Concert tickets are $20 for general admission and $15 for students and seniors. Group discounts are available. The First Presbyterian Church of Kingwood is located at 5520 Kingwood Drive.
The Atascocita United Methodist Church is located at 19325 Pinehurst Trail Drive. For more information, call 832-779-1492 or visit .