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Choirs Plan Patriotic Pre-Election Concert

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Arkansas Tech University's choirs will celebrate the right to vote with a concert featuring American folk music and patriotic selections on Monday, Nov. 7.

The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Witherspoon Auditorium, which is located at 407 West Q Street in Russellville. Admission will be free and open to the public.

Gary Morris, director of choirs at Arkansas Tech, said one of the highlights of the performance will be a 135-voice combination of all university choirs performing "Song of Democracy," a poem by Walt Whitman composed by Howard Hanson; and "The American Dream" medley, which consists of Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the USA" and Bob Moline's "Golden Dream."

The concert will also include performances by the Arkansas Tech University String Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Deborah Barber and a faculty ensemble performing "Chester," the original national anthem of the United States, as well as a sing-a-long featuring several songs of America.

Brian Conatser will join the choirs as collaborative pianist.

For more information about public performances hosted by the Arkansas Tech Department of Music, call (479) 968-0368 or visit www.atu.edu/music.