Alma Performing Arts Center has been chosen as one of the regional venues to be part of the United States Navy Band Sea Chanters’ 2014 National Tour.
Alma was selected as one of 18 cities in six states to host a performance by the U.S. Navy Band’s chorus during its national tour. The Sea Chanters is the Navy’s official chorus.
The Sea Chanters’ performance is March 22 at 7 p.m. Admission is free, but tickets are required. Up to six tickets will be given out per family, and will be mailed free of charge.
According to Teresa Schlabach, director for the Alma Performing Arts Center, venues that wish to host the Sea Chanters must submit an application and then hope they are chosen as part of the group’s route.
Staff with the Alma PAC are "tickled" that it was chosen as one of the venues for the tour, Schlabach said.
"We have a lot of military bands come through, which are always just the cream of the crop, but this is the first time we’ve had the U.S. Navy’s chorale," Schlabach said.
Members of the Sea Chanters will perform a variety of music ranging from traditional choral music, including sea chanteys and patriotic songs, to opera, Broadway, and contemporary music.
One of the U.S. Navy Band’s primary responsibilities involves touring the country, with performing units embarking each year on concert tours throughout specified regions of the country.
These family-friendly concert tours allow the band to reach out to audiences in areas that may not have opportunities to see the Navy’s premier musical ensembles on a regular basis.
"America’s Navy has only recently adopted the motto ‘being there matters,’ but it’s been a part of what we do for many years - through music - and therefore Navy bands are integral to our national security," said Capt. Brian O. Walden, the Navy Band’s commanding officer, in a media release. "Today, Navy bands are still performing around the world, acting as agents of public diplomacy for the American government, improving relations with our allies and winning the hearts and minds with the universal language of music."
As part of the 2014 tour, the Sea Chanters will travel more than 4,300 miles to perform in Arkansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.
For more information on tickets, contact the Alma PAC at (479)632-2129 or www.almapac.org.