Military Appreciation Celebration

Event details

  • November 13, 2021
  • 10:30 am
  • Marietta Square
  • FreeRegistration

In honor of our nation’s veterans and military families, the Georgia Symphony Orchestra is hosting a free military appreciation concert for the general public at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021, in Glover Park on the Marietta Square.

In support of the 7th annual American Legion Post 29 Veterans Memorial 5K run/walk/wheelchair race, members of the GSO Chorus, along with a GSO brass quintet, will perform a medley of patriotic favorites immediately following the conclusion of the event.

Proceeds from the race will benefit the Shepherds Men SHARE Initiative, the Georgia National Guard Family Support Foundation and Post 29 Service Officer. For more information or to register for the race, visit

[in no particular order]

Hymn to Freedom (Oscar Peterson, arr. Kirby Shaw)
Peterson, a legendary black Canadian jazz pianist, released Hymn to Freedom in 1963 on an album dedicated to his father who worked as a sleeping car porter on Canadian Pacific passenger trains. It is a not a “hymn” of the church, but a combination of gospel and jazz idioms woven together as an ode to the Civil Rights movement and the enduring promise of dignity for all. Soloist: Melissa Youngblood

Armed Forces—The Pride of America (arr. Greg Gilpin and Larry Clark)
A rousing medley spotlighting the four armed services and Coast Guard with their official songs. The salute to these military branches begins with a lone trumpet playing Taps and concludes with the national anthem.

Ten Songs of America (arr. Douglas E. Wagner)
From the lighthearted Yankee Doodle to the melancholy When Johnny Comes Marching Home, these ten uniquely American songs reflect the breadth and diversity of our great nation.

An American Medley (Stephen Paulus)
Today’s performance features three songs from this suite for chorus and brass quintet: Shall We Gather at the River (gospel/revival hymn), Simple Gifts (Shaker song), and This Train (African-American spiritual). Soloist: Lindsey Cash Coleman

Georgia (Hoagy Carmichael, arr. Ed Lojeski)
A timeless classic made widely popular by Ray Charles and designated as the State of Georgia’s official song in 1979. Soloist: Rachael Gorbutt