Testament of Freedom: Salute to Veterans
Two November free concerts
The Minnesota State Band and Chorus Polaris join forces for two free concerts with stirring repertoire honoring active and veteran service members. Performances will be 3:00 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, Ives Auditorium, Masonic Heritage Center, 11411 Heritage Drive, Bloomington, and 3:00 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, Fridley High School Auditorium, 6000 W. Moore Lake Drive NE., Fridley.
The ensembles join forces for the program’s major work, Randall Thompson’s “Testament of Freedom,” a powerful setting of four passages from the writings of Thomas Jefferson, and the finale, “American Hymn.”
Chorus Polaris, conducted by William Mathis, will perform a medley from Leonard Bernstein’s “West Side Story”, “Destroyer Life,” and a lively choral arrangement of John Philip Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever.”
Keith Liuzzi will lead the Minnesota State Band in “Variations on America" by Charles Ives, “Hymn for the Lost and the Living” by Eric Ewazen, and “Fantasy on American Folk Songs” by Dwayne Milburn.