PSU Musical Tribute to Veterans April 27 at PSU

April 24th, 2008 by Adam

Photo: L-R Lt. j.g. Patrick K. Sweeten and Dr. Gary Corcoran

PLYMOUTH, N.H. — The Plymouth State University Symphonic Band and guest artists will honor the “Greatest Generation” in a concert Sunday, April 27 at 3 p.m. at the Silver Center for the Arts.

While in Washington, D.C. to conduct the U. S. Navy Band, PSU Director of Bands Gary Corcoran and his wife visited the National World War II Memorial. “I realized that the time for giving proper thanks to these veterans is rapidly running out,” Corcoran said. “These are the Americans who guided our country through the Great Depression and World War II. I wanted to pay tribute to the veterans and their families, whose service to our country is beyond measure,” he said.

World War II veterans interested in attending the concert are urged to contact Dr. Corcoran at (603) 535-2495 or by e-mail to for special details.

Joining Corcoran on the podium will be Lt.j.g. Patrick K. Sweeten, associate conductor of The United States Navy Band. Lt. Sweeten will conduct Symphonic Prelude: The Cemetery at Colleville-Sur-Mer by Mark Camphouse and The Armed Forces Salute. The cemetery at Colleville-Sur-Mer, which overlooks Omaha Beach, is the resting place of soldiers who were killed at Normandy June 6, 1944.

The program will also include a narration by PSU Professor of Theatre Paul Mroczka, and a poetry reading by President Sara Jayne Steen of “At the Site of the Memorial,” the text of which is included in Samuel R. Hazo’s composition, Each Time You Tell Their Story.

Solo violinist Bozena O’Brien will perform the theme from the movie Schindler’s List. The PSU Contemporary Dance Ensemble, choreographed by Interim Director of Dance Amanda Schiller, will perform during the work, At Dawn They Slept: December 7, 1941, which pertains to the Japanese attack on the American fleet at Pearl Harbor. Student conductor David Saunders will lead the band and a select group of singers in Let Freedom Ring.

Other musical selections will include Glenn Miller in Concert and Sousa’s Stars and Stripes Forever.

Tickets for the performance are $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and youth, free with PSU I.D. at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-ARTS or (800) 779-3869. If special accommodations are needed, please call in advance.

For concert information contact Dr. Corcoran at (603) 535-2495 or by e-mail to

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