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Patriotic concert is Friday

Yavapai College Performing Arts Center puts on a tribute to veterans. (Courtesy)

Yavapai College Performing Arts Center puts on a tribute to veterans. (Courtesy)

The Yavapai College Performing Arts Department is putting on a concert paying tribute to veterans and active military personnel.

Titled the “Salute to Freedom – Veterans Concert,” it’s a way for the entire music department to thank the local veteran and active military population, said director Christopher Tenney. It will be an evening of patriotic an celebratory music from all corners of the musical spectrum, from Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” to James Brown’s “Living in America,” sung by the Community Chorale.

The evening culminates with two grand finale numbers featuring three instrumental ensembles and four choral ensembles with about 200 musicians who are studying music at Yavapai College, Tenney said.

“It’s unprecedented in my tenure but also in recent history,” he said. “We haven’t had an opportunity in which every single ensemble is feature don a stage at the same time.”

This is the first time in at least six years that everyone has met as a complete combined instrumental and vocal group and it’s fitting that it’s being done in honor of the veterans, Tenney said.

The show begins at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for Yavapai College employees and students and free to youth 18 and younger and can be purchased online at, by calling 928-776-2000 or at the door.

The Prescott High School ROTC color guard is set to present a flag ceremony to begin the show as well.

They recently held their big dress rehearsal and while there are a lot of moving parts to get all of those ensembles together and on the same page, it’s been refreshing how eager everyone is to participate in the content of the performance, Tenney said.

“All of us feel deeply a sense of gratitude for those people who, in some cases, gave all to protect those freedoms that we hold dear,” he said, also noting that he’s the son of a veteran. “My father served for 33 years in the military. I feel like it is my honor and my duty as a musician to be able to celebrate him and to celebrate all veterans with the songs of this wonderful nation and the freedoms that we hold dear.”

Anyone coming to the concert not only pay tribute to veterans but will see the overwhelming amount of talent that is present in the community, Tenney said. They’ll definitely be pleased with the performance, he said.

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