Patti Graetz ProMusica Arizona

ProMusica Arizona is a 100-member multigenerational chorale and orchestra under the direction of Patti Graetz

ProMusica Arizona Chorale and Orchestra perform a free performance of “Celebrate America” at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, at the Glendale Civic Center, 5750 W. Glenn Drive in Glendale. 

Funding for the free performance comes from a $10,000 grant from Glendale’s Centerline Arts and Cultural Initiative.

“Celebrate America” will feature American music and composers, as well as Broadway favorites, cowboy and folk tunes, spirituals, patriotic music and a salute to servicemen and women in the stirring piece “Armed Forces: The Pride of America!”

 Selections include Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man;” Irving Berlin’s “America;” a tribute to John Williams’ compositions with music from Star Wars, E.T., Jaws, and more; and a medley of classics from MGM films including “Singing in the Rain” and “Over the Rainbow.” The concert will conclude with the timeless patriotic pieces “You’re a Grand Old Flag,” “This is My Country,” and “The Star-Spangled Banner.” 

The music throughout the concert will be enhanced by visual elements on large screens in the venue.

Members of the non-profit organization, Youth for Troops, will serve as color-bearers for an “Old Glory” display. During the singing of the military songs, active and retired members of the various military branches will be asked to stand and be recognized. 

Youth for Troops also will be collecting items to put in care packages for deployed troops. Concert attendees are encouraged to donate travel-size toiletries, non-perishable food items, and entertainment items such as paperback books, DVDs, playing cards and puzzles.

The City of Glendale has developed the Centerline funding opportunity to motivate, increase, and support free cultural events and performances to enrich the experiences of Glendale residents and visitors while increasing foot traffic in the Centerline District. The Centerline District is bounded by 43rd Avenue to the east, 67th Avenue to the west, Myrtle Avenue to the north and Ocotillo Road to the south.