Freedom Concert

man singingOn July 3 at 5 pm, The United States Army Europe Soldiers’ Chorus will perform for a Ukrainian audience. This “Freedom Concert” will be a display of the friendship between the United States and Ukraine. The best voices of the U.S. Army will present a selection of popular American favorites.

The United States Army Europe Soldiers’ Chorus, under the direction of CPT Aaron Morris, is stationed at Sembach Kaserne in Sembach, Germany. The Chorus organized in 1963 to enhance troop morale through musical performances. The group quickly proved highly successful in advancing relations between the American community in Europe and its host nations, and has captured the hearts of many.

In 1981, the Soldiers’ Chorus was attached to the United States Army Europe Band. Unlike their band colleagues, the singers do not enter the military as musicians. Rather, they are selected through competitive auditions from other specialties in the Army, and receive intensive training in vocal, dance, and theatrical skills. The ensemble is one of only four full-time choral groups in the Army, and the only one located outside of the United States.

woman singingThe Chorus performs hundreds of times each year. The members are skilled in a variety of vocal genres, including pop, rock, R&B, soul, and country. Whatever the specific requirement, the men and women of the Band and Soldiers’ Chorus continue to represent the best of the United States Army.

This is the second time the Soldier’s Chorus will have visited Ukraine. Last year, they held a well-attended public concert near the Shevchenko monument in Lviv.

The National Presidential Orchestra of Ukraine will also take part in the performance as special guests.

Entrance is free.