East Texas Symphony Orchestra to salute veterans during concert Nov. 11

Published on Thursday, 9 November 2017 11:09 - Written by

DANNY MOGLE, danny@mylifestylesmag.com

East Texas Symphony Orchestra will salute veterans during its concert 7:30 p.m. Saturday in The University of Texas at Tyler’s Cowan Center.

Veterans and service members are encouraged to wear their uniform.

The Veterans Day concert will feature John Williams’ “Hymn to the Fallen,” Elgar’s cello concert featuring ETSO principal cellist Zachary Mansell and John Phillip Sousa’s “Liberty Bell March.” The concert will conclude with Tchaikovsky’s rousing “1812 Overture.”

“It was important to me to program festive and patriotic music as well as more contemplative selections, lest we forget how awful war is,” Richard Lee, ETSO conductor and music director, said. “Hopefully I’ve struck an appropriate balance in this regard.”

 During “Hymn to the Fallen” from the movie “Saving Private Ryan,” the John Tyler High School Junior ROTC will present flags of the branches of service. For the “1812 Overture,” ETSO will be joined on stage by East Texas Youth Orchestra.

Retired Maj. Gen. Anthony Cucolo, the vice chancellor for the University of Texas System, will serve as the guest narrator.

Cucolo has been the associate vice Chancellor for Leadership Development and Veterans Affairs at The University of Texas System since 2015. He served in the Army for 35 years.