National Endowment for the Arts Presents Great American Voices at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, May 12
May 12, 2006
Washington, D.C. - The National Endowment for the Arts, in partnership with the United States Navy, presents a performance of opera and musical theater for military personnel at Navel Air Station Jacksonville in Jacksonville, Florida on Friday, May 12. The performance is part of the NEA's Great American Voices Military Base Tour: Unforgettable Melodies from Opera & Broadway, which celebrates the best of American arts by bringing professional performances of opera and musical theater to 39 military bases nationwide.
The performance will feature members of the Orlando Opera's Resident Artists program. These performers will sing selections from popular operas such as Bizet's Carmen and classic American musicals including West Side Story. Earlier in the day, the performers will present a fully staged adaptation of the classic Humperdinck opera Hansel & Gretel to students at local elementary schools.
In addition to the military base tour, the NEA also has produced a compact disc with opera and Broadway excerpts and commentary, to be distributed to audience members and teachers at participating schools. For the latest tour information and sample educational materials, visit www.greatamericanvoices.org.
Great American Voices Military Base Tour is presented in coordination with the Department of Defense and OPERA America. Great American Voices Military Base Tour is made possible by The Boeing Company.
Orlando Opera performs at NAS Jacksonville
The Orlando Opera will perform Great American Voices on May 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the Officers' Club at NAS Jacksonville. This performance is free and open to military personnel and their families. For more information, contact NAS Jacksonville MWR at 904-778-9772.
Great American Voices Military Base Tour is the latest in a series of groundbreaking partnerships between the NEA and the Department of Defense. The Boeing Company also made possible the NEA's Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience, an initiative that reached 44 domestic and overseas military bases and offered an open call for writing submissions to troops worldwide. The initiative will result in a federal archive of troop writings and an anthology to be published in 2006. As part of the largest tour of Shakespeare in American history, the NEA presented the Shakespeare in American Communities Military Base Tour, which brought performances by four Shakespeare companies to 18 military bases. For more information on these and other NEA programs, visit www.arts.gov.
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About the National Endowment for the Arts
This year, the National Endowment for the Arts marks its 40th anniversary of leadership in the arts. The NEA is a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts - both new and established - bringing the arts to all Americans, and providing leadership in arts education. Established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government, the Arts Endowment is the largest national funder of the arts, bringing great art to all 50 states, including rural areas, inner cities, and military bases.
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