MURRAY, Ky. — The Murray State University Town & Gown Community Band, Town & Gown Chorale and Governor’s Scholars Program Chorus will host a concert Wednesday, July 4, at 8 p.m. inside Lovett Auditorium on the Murray State campus. As part of this year’s Freedom Fest in Murray, the free concert is open to the public and will last for approximately one hour.

The 100-member Town & Gown Community Band is under the direction of Dr. Todd E. Hill, professor and director of jazz studies at Murray State. The band is made up of community members, Murray State students and high school students from eight area schools. Music for the program will include marches by Sousa and others, the hymn tune “Amazing Grace,” selections from “The Wizard of Oz,” George Gershwin’s “Three Piano Preludes” adapted for band, a tribute to the Armed Forces and other patriotic selections.

“One of the greatest feelings in the world is being in beautiful and historic Lovett Auditorium with the band and chorale onstage while everyone in the audience is singing the National Anthem,” Hill said. “It is always a wonderful moment of true community with all of our friends and neighbors. It never fails to send shivers down your spine.”

The chorale, led by Dr. Bradley Almquist, director of choral activities at Murray State, will perform selections such as “Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor” by Irving Berlin, “I Hear America Singing” by André Thomas, “Cover Me with the Night” by Andrea Ramsey and “Thank you, Soldiers!” by Michael and Angela Souders. Joining the chorale will be the choir from the Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program conducted by Dr. Tana Field.

“The Freedom Fest Concert is quintessentially American,” Almquist said. “It is one of the great remnants of Americana that still holds the excitement and thrill of celebrating our independence as a country. In small towns all across America, amateur music-making will be on full display. I am thrilled to be a part of this great tradition with the Town and Gown Chorale.”

“The July 4 concert will be a fantastic opportunity for the community to enjoy a wonderful evening of free music prior to the city’s Freedom Fest fireworks display,” added Carol Brunn, Murray State Town & Gown coordinator. “We greatly appreciate our Town & Gown partners. It’s through their support that we can continue providing events such as these that the community can truly enjoy.”

For more information or to become involved with the Town & Gown program, please contact Carol Brunn at 270-809-3023 or Town & Gown partnership benefits include complimentary tickets and passes for various University events as well as networking opportunities with community and University leaders.

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