Lexington July 4 Festival 2014
Thursday July 3, 2014.
This year’s Patriotic Concert will showcase the 202nd Army Band of the Kentucky National Guard,
The concert begins at 8 p.m. on July 3 on the lawn of Old Morrison at Transylvania University on West Third Street.
Patriotic Music Concert to feature military band, UK Singers
The 202nd Army Band of the Kentucky National Guard will play an all-patriotic music program, joined by singers from the UK Opera Theatre’s production of It’s A Grand Night for Singing!
The 202nd Army Band will be under the direction of Chief Warrant Officer 4 Greg Stepp while Dr. Everett McCorvey will direct the singers from the University of Kentucky.
The evening will also feature a special appearance from a member of the U.S. Soldiers’ Chorus, the premier military chorus in the nation. Staff Sergeant Charis Strange, who is a native of Campbellsville, Kentucky, will travel to Lexington to sing with the band and the UK singers. Strange is one of five graduates of UK’s vocal music program to serve with the Soldiers’ Chorus. UK has the highest number of singers in the Soldiers’ Chorus of any university conservatory in the country.
The all-patriotic concert will also feature Opera Theater’s Artist-in-Residence and Metropolitan Opera Tenor Gregory Turay and It’s A Grand Night for Singing favorites Alicia Helm McCorvey, Darian Sanders and other cast members.
The free concert will take place at 8 p.m. on the steps of Old Morrison, with seating on the lawn and in nearby Gratz Park. The concert site is on West Third Street. The public is invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets and stake out spots from which to enjoy the concert. Food and drink will be available for purchase.
Heather French Henry, the new commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs and Kevin Christopher, news anchor for WLEX-TV(Channel 18) will be co-hosts for the concert.
The concert is a prelude to the full-day 4th of July downtown celebration on Friday, July 4, which kicks off with the Bluegrass 10,000 foot race, features a large street festival and parade, and ends with fireworks over downtown Lexington.