Highlights TV Show Features the 5th Annual Freedom Celebration Concert


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Highlights is a 30 minute weekly TV show featuring organizations, events, grass-roots efforts and people who move our state and community forward in a positive way.

The show is a collaboration with Kanawha County Schools, Suddenlink Communications and Jim Strawn & Company.

The show airs daily at 8:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Suddenlink’s channel 17.

The show airing June 17, 2019 –  June 24, 2019 highlights the 5th Annual Freedom Celebration Concert hosted by Calvary Baptist Church.

We interviewed Barry Skeenes, Music Director at Calvary Baptist Church about their upcoming FestivALL event, the 5th Annual Freedom Celebration Concert.

The FREE concert is scheduled for Saturday, June 29, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church at 510 Maryland Avenue in Charleston, WV.

The concert is a celebration of  ‘Country & God’.  The concert has musical selections commemorating our country’s independence and other struggles for freedom.

The Declaration of Independence is read by Ed Rabel, enhancing this musical event performed with community chorus and orchestra. Selections will include, among others:

  • “When Johnny Comes Marching Home”
  •  “God of Our Fathers”
  • “We Will Stand as Strong, Tall Towers” – commemorating 9/11
  • Movement I of The Testament of Freedom by Randall Thompson
  • “The Nation’s Prayer” paired with “Still wie die Nacht” by Karl Böhm
    and, of course, the ever popular:
  • “Stars and Stripes Forever”
  • Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the U.S.A.
  • “God Bless America” by Irving Berli”
  • Peter Wilhousky’s “Battle Hymn of the Republic.”

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Selections from past concerts have also included: a medley of Armed Forces hymns; Antonin Dvořák’s Ninth Symphony, Movement II (“Largo”) with chorus singing the spiritual “Goin’ Home;” the complete
Testament of Freedom by Randall Thompson; “Fanfare for the Common Man,” Aaron Copland; “The Nation’s Prayer” based on César Franck’s “Panis Angelicus;” “On the Threshold of Liberty” by Mark
Isham; American Portrait #1, Robert W. Smith; “This Is My Song,” Mary McDonald; “If My People Will Pray,” Jimmy Owens; and “Gabriel’s Oboe,” Ennio Morricone.

Click here to review last year’s concert.

Call 304-343-4391 for more information.


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