West Point Band presents Labor Day concert
Program begins at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 31, at Trophy Point Amphitheater.
WEST POINT — The U.S. Military Academy Band will present its annual Labor Day concert on Sunday, August 31 at 7:30 p.m. at the Trophy Point Amphitheater.
The performance will feature each component of the U.S. Military Academy Band, along with members of the U.S. Military Academy faculty, as well as internationally renowned pianist Marina Arsenijevic.
The evening will conclude with a spectacular fireworks display over the Hudson. This concert is free and open to the public.
The performance will be conducted by the U.S Military Academy Band’s commander, Lieutenant Colonel Jim Keene.
A number of patriotic favorites will be performed, including "The Stars and Stripes Forever," Armed Forces Medley, American Salute" and a reading of the Army’s “Soldier’s Creed” set to original music by Sergeant Major Douglas Richard.
Arsenijevic will perform a number of pieces with the band, including an original arrangement of Queen’s "Bohemian Rhapsody," Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2, and Gershwin’s iconic "Rhapsody in Blue."
A native of Yugoslavia, Arsenijevic has dazzled audiences across Europe and achieved great acclaim and success. In 2008, she performed alongside the West Point Band on the Emmy-nominated Public Television program, “Marina at West Point: Unity through Diversity,” which has been broadcast to more than 180 million viewers with over 400 airings by PBS stations across the country.
1812 Overture, then fireworks
Members of the U.S. Military Academy Band will be joined by members of the U.S. Military Academy faculty on a number of country music tunes, including “Take it Easy,” “Sweet Home Alabama,” “Elvira,” “Old Alabama,” and “Mountain Boys.”
The concert will end with a performance of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture and a fireworks display over the Hudson.
In the event of inclement weather, the performance will be held on Monday, Sept. 1.
For concert information, cancellations and updates, call 845.938.2617 or visit www.westpointband.com.
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