L.G. Community Band to salute local soldiers in Armed Forces Day concert

GLENSFALLS- This year, the Lake George Community Band will offer two performances of its annual Armed Forces Day Concert, scheduled for this weekend at the Charles Wood Theater, 207 Glen St. The first performance is set for Saturday, May 21 at 8 p.m., followed by a matinee concert Sunday, May 22 at 2:30 p.m.

Band officials decided to add a matinee performance this year due to sold-out performances in prior years.

Entitled "An American Portrait," the concert observes of the nation's 150th year anniversary of the U.S. Civil War, as it also pays tribute to all members of the U.S. military through the years.

Band publicist Dale Perry said the concert honors the past and present achievements of members of the armed forces, particularly local service men and women. The salute, which includes those serving in reserve forces, is a way of recognizing the personal sacrifices they made to defend the U.S. and maintain international security, he said.

Veterans are encouraged to attend the concert - which provides an opportunity for area citizens to express their gratitude, Perry said.

The band is conducted by Raymond E. Durkee. The concert features a variety of patriotic and contemporary music including Copeland's "Lincoln Portrait," and Lowden's "Armed Forces Salute."

The Lake George Community Band, which features 60 members, is sponsored in part by the Charles R. Wood Foundation, and the village and town of Lake George. For details, see: www.lakegeorgecommunityband.com

The band performs regularly on Thursday nights during the summer in Lake George Village's Shepard Park. It hosts a Community Band Festival in mid-July each year featuring community bands from the northeastern U.S. and Canada.

Tickets for all seats for the Armed Forces Day Concert are $12 and are available online at www.woodtheater.org, at the theater box office or by calling 874-0800.

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