November 9, 2010 > Local talent sings in honor of Veterans
Local talent sings in honor of Veterans
Submitted By Mary Marienau
A unique and celebrated symphony orchestra and chorale - made up of medical professionals from around the nation - will perform a free concert on November 10 honoring our nation's veterans. Among them will be Sharon Xavier de Sousa and her mother, Louise Dondero Xavier of Fremont, and their friend, Dr. Susan DuPree of Dublin. The doctors, nurses and other medical specialists who dedicate their time and talent to the Medical Musical Group Chorale and Symphony Orchestra (MMG) believe music is healing, and they are coming together again this year at the magnificent Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception (Washington, D.C.) for their third annual "Healing for the Nations" Concert to demonstrate that fact.
Directed by outstanding "Medical Maestro," Victor Wahby, MD, the program also includes readings by many illustrious narrators, such as actress Lindsay Bloom ("the New Mike Hammer"); Maureen Bunyan (WJLA-7); former US Treasurer Anna Escobeda Cabral; Distinguished Neurosurgeon and Motivational Speaker Ben Carson, MD; Vietnam War Hero Allen Clark; Eleanor Clift (Newsweek); Adrian Cronauer ("Good Morning Vietnam"); former Assistant Secretary of the Air Force Craig Duehring, Tony Jimenez, CEO of MicroTech; Bob Madigan (WTOP); actor Ron Masak ("Murder She Wrote"); newscaster Derek McGinty (WUSA-9); and Hollywood and Broadway Star Robert Torti.
The program features Country Singer Lucas Hoge. Maestro Reilly Lewis of the Cathedral Choral Society guest directs the award-winning "Veterans Hymn". His Excellency Pierre Vimont, Ambassador of France, chairs the concert's Committee of Ambassadors.
The concert will include a variety of classical and patriotic favorites performed by a 200-voice choir and full symphony orchestra. The music selections will include: 1812 Overture: Finale, American in Paris (Part), American Salute (When Johnny Comes Marching Home), Armed Forces Medley, Battle Hymn of the Republic, Beautiful Blue Danube (Finale), Orpheus (Can Can), Tahiti Trot (Tea for Two), Bring Him Home from Les Miserables, From Sea to Shining Sea (America the Beautiful), Grand Old Flag, Home Sweet Home, Let There Be Peace on Earth, New World Symphony, O Fortuna, Stars and Stripes, Toreador Song from Carmen, and many more. There is a country music segment featuring popular Country Singer Lucas Hoge.