May 2017

The Hilton Head Choral Society Presents “America Sings!” : An American Celebration, Memorial Day Weekend

Author: Karey Perkins

One of Hilton Head Island’s signature Memorial Day weekend events, attracting the attendance of locals and visitors alike, is the Choral Society’s annual all-American tribute, “America Sings!” concert, in honor and appreciation of our fallen warriors, as well as all those who have served in our Armed Forces. Concluding the Choral Society’s forty-first season, the concert takes place Sunday, May 28, at 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 540 William Hilton Parkway.

This year’s distinctive additions include the visiting Atlanta Symphony Brass Quintet (ASBQ) and guest speaker Bob Buck, Air Force veteran who once piloted B-25s and now serves as treasurer of the Eighth Air Force Historical Society. “It’s an evening filled with Americana and patriotic songs, accompanied by a special speaker and distinguished brass quintet to inspire all of us,” said Tim Reynolds, Hilton Head Choral Society artistic director.

The addition of The Atlanta Symphony Brass Quintet is a highlight. They have performed international and domestic concerts, as well as for private functions; audiences include state governors, Prince Charles, and the president of the United States. Originating 46 years ago as the ceremonial troupe of the world-famous Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, they have been featured on National Public Radio’s Performance Today and on other live NPR broadcasts to over 40 countries. “The Choral Society is honored to welcome such a highly talented group of musicians,” Reynolds said. “It will be a real treat for concertgoers to hear the voices of our chorus accompanied by the beautiful sounds of their brilliant instruments.”

This year’s guest speaker, Air Force Veteran Bob Buck, 11-year docent of the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum, is a fervent supporter of Savannah’s Eighth Air Force, which the museum honors. Buck’s message will pay homage to their valor and serve as a reminder of all veterans’ sacrifices and heroism for America’s freedom.

The longest-running performing arts organization in the Lowcountry, the Hilton Head Choral Society is a 100-voice ensemble, presenting four major programs annually: a fall pops concert, a Christmas concert, a masterworks or classics concert, and the Memorial Day weekend concert. Under the 16-year direction of Reynolds, the HHCS has nearly doubled in size, adding performances to its annual concert season, and diversifying its repertoire to include everything from classical choral works to contemporary standards to the commissioning of new works. Reynolds and the all-volunteer board of directors have made it their mission to challenge the HHCS to become one of the leading musical organizations of the region and one of Hilton Head Island’s top performing arts ensembles.

Be sure to get your tickets early to celebrate the Memorial Day Sunday concert honoring those who have served our country. All seating is reserved. Order through the Choral Society’s website, hiltonheadchoralsociety.org or by phone (843) 341-3818. For more information on ASBQ and the Mighty Eighth, see: atlantabrass.com/atlanta-symphony-brass-quintet.html and mightyeighth.org. 

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