Hail to the Heroes
Carl St.Clair, conductor
Lee Greenwood, vocalist
Colonel Arnald Gabriel, guest conductor
James P. Connolly, host
The Swing Dolls and Bugle Boys, vocalists
Pacific Chorale — Robert Istad, artistic director
Pre-concert entertainment at 5:30-6:45 p.m. on the Plaza Pacifica.
WILLIAMS: Liberty Fanfare
STEFFE: "Battle Hymn of the Republic"
VARIOUS: Armed Forces Salute
TRADITIONAL: "Amazing Grace"
VARIOUS: "Wartime Heroes" Medley
WILLIAMS: "Summon the Heroes" (NBC Olympic Games Theme)
WILLIAMS: "Hymn to the Fallen" from "Saving Private Ryan" / "Taps"
VARIOUS: Music of Lee Greenwood
WARD: "America the Beautiful"
BERLIN: "God Bless America"
Country music icon Lee Greenwood (“God Bless the USA”) joins Pacific Symphony for a concert that celebrates U.S. veterans and first responders, the heroes who make our community and our country great! Gather together for an evening of music, celebration and remembrance, to honor those who are serving, salute those who defended America's ideals and remember those who never returned.
FREE tickets for active-duty military, veterans and first responders! Call (714) 755-5799.
Help Bring a Vet!
By adding on a donation when you purchase your tickets, you can help make it possible for veterans, military and first responders to attend this special tribute.
Lee Greenwood is an ICON in country music, with more than 30 albums to his credit. In fact, MCA released an album in 2013 called ICON.
With seven #1 songs & 25 charted singles his hits include: “It Turns Me Inside Out”, “Ring On Her Finger Time on Her Hands”, ”She’s Lyin”, “I don’t Mind the Thorns if You’re the Rose”, “Dixie Road”, “Somebody’s Gonna Love You”, “Going Going Gone”, “You Got A Good Love Comin”, “Fools Gold”, and “Mornin Ride”. Several cross over hits include, “Touch & Go Crazy”, “IOU” and the duet with Barbara Mandrell, “To Me”. An additional duet with Suzie Boggus, “Hopelessly Yours”, was nominated for a Grammy. The CD “American Patriot”, recorded & released in 1992, went Platinum in 3 months.
Greenwood’s latest CD is: "I Want to be in Your World". He wrote three of the seven songs & plays saxophone on the original track, “Here Comes Love There Goes My Heart”. He also covered the Michael McDonald/Kenny Loggins ballad, “You Can Let Go Now.” McDonald is featured playing piano on the song.
Lee Greenwood has won numerous industry awards including, Male Vocalist of the year for the Academy of Country Music in 1983, two Male Vocalist of the Year awards from the Country Music Association, 1983 & 1984 and a Grammy for Top Male Vocal Performance in 1985 for “I.O.U.”. He also won CMA Song of the Year in 1985 for writing “God Bless the USA.” The song, “God Bless the USA” has been voted the most recognizable patriotic song in America. The singer knows first-hand what it’s like to have loved ones fighting for the freedom of all Americans as his father served in the Navy & the Merchant Marine in World War II. “USA” is now part of the film for Homeland Security shown when swearing in new citizens to the United States.
Colonel Arnald Gabriel
Col. Arnald D. Gabriel retired from the United States Air Force in 1985 following a distinguished 36 year military career, at which time he was awarded an unprecedented third Legion of Merit for his service to the United States Air Force and to music education throughout the country. He served as Commander/Conductor of the internationally renowned U.S. Air Force Band, Symphony Orchestra, and Singing Sergeants from 1964 to 1985. In 1990, he was named the first Conductor Emeritus of the USAF Band at a special concert held at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C.
The Swing Dolls are 1940’s style vocal trio, made with love in Los Angeles. America’s premiere tribute to The Andrews Sisters, this dynamic girls trio has been thrilling audiences nationwide for over 10 years with their Swing Era close harmonies, retro costumes and choreography. You may have seen them on television’s hit series “Gilmore Girls”, on stages throughout the country performing their “Tribute to the USO”, or singing the theme song in the internationally airing Fiat 500 TV commercial, "Wedding”. Their countless featured appearances include: Comicon San Diego 2016, the Commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor, The Seattle Museum of Flight with the Harry James Orchestra, The Kennedy Center and the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC, the Pacific Aviation Museum in Pearl Harbor, HBO's “Band of Brothers” Gala, as featured guests of the Pasadena Pops Orchestra, and countless performances for USO and patriotic themed shows for townships and military bases. The Swing Dolls take you back to the days of Rosie the Riveter and the Hollywood Canteen, to victory rolls and USO shows!
Founded in 1968, Pacific Chorale is internationally recognized for exceptional artistic expression, stimulating American-focused programming, and influential education programs. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Robert Istad, Pacific Chorale presents a substantial performance season of its own at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts and is sought regularly to perform with the nation’s leading symphonies. Pacific Chorale is composed of 140 professional and volunteer singers. In addition to its longstanding partnership with Pacific Symphony, the Chorale has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Disney Hall on numerous occasions. Other noted collaborations include the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the Boston Symphony, the National Symphony, and the Long Beach, Pasadena, Riverside and San Diego symphonies. John Alexander and the Chorale have toured extensively in Europe, South America and Asia, performing in London, Paris, Belgium, Germany, Estonia, Russia, Spain, Brazil, Argentina, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Beijing and Hong Kong, and collaborating with the London Symphony, L’Orchestre Lamoureux of Paris, the National Orchestra of Belgium, the China National Symphony, the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, the Estonian National Symphony, and the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional of Argentina.