Orchestra of Southern Utah honors heroes with concert, dinner; photos invited

Korean War Angels statue and Duane K. Hansen, who served as an engineer in the Korean War. Photo provided to Orchestra of Southern Utah by Nina Hansen, daughter of Duane K Hansen and principal cellist with the Orchestra of Southern Utah. Nina Hansen will perform "Kol Nidrei" by Max Bruch at the performance previewed in the attached report. | Photo courtesy of Allen & Kristin Butt, Orchestra of Southern Utah, St. George News

CEDAR CITY — The Orchestra of Southern Utah is hosting a dinner for veterans and a concert titled “Remembrance of the Victory in Europe” on April 16 at 6 p.m.

On May 8, America will celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Victory in Europe.

Bugler Duane K. Hansen, who served as an engineer in the Korean War. Photo provided to Orchestra of Southern Utah by Nina Hansen, daughter of Duane K. Hansen and principal cellist with the Orchestra of Southern Utah. Nina Hansen will perform "Kol Nidrei" by Max Bruch at the performance previewed in the attached report. | Photo courtesy of Allen and Kristin Butt per Orchestra of Southern Utah, St. George News
Bugler Duane K. Hansen, who served as an engineer in the Korean War. Photo provided to Orchestra of Southern Utah by Nina Hansen, daughter of Duane K. Hansen and principal cellist with the Orchestra of Southern Utah. Nina Hansen will perform “Kol Nidrei” by Max Bruch at the performance previewed in the attached report. | Photo courtesy of Allen and Kristin Butt per Orchestra of Southern Utah, St. George News

With appreciation and thanks to veterans, the Orchestra of Southern Utah extends veterans an invitation to a complimentary dinner in their honor. The dinner will take place at the Heritage Theatre, 105 N. 100 East in Cedar City and is free for all military veterans and those on active duty. Others are invited to the dinner as well for $3 each with purchase of a concert ticket.

Tickets are required due to limited seating; reservations and purchases may be made by telephoning 435-233-8213 or at the Heritage Theater box office on a first come, first served basis.

The concert is in remembrance of May 8, 1945. when the enduring determination and sacrifice of American veterans was rewarded with the news that the war with Germany was over.  Victory in Europe had come.

The war continued for over three years and more than 400,000 soldiers, sailors, marines, airmen and military personnel lost their lives or remained missing in action by the end.

Following the dinner, the Orchestra of Southern Utah will perform the concert “Remembrance of Victory in Europe” at 7:30 p.m. Admission to the concert is $5 for veterans and students, and $10 for adults. Because the concerts are recorded, it is requested that children under the age of 6 not attend.

Everett (Pete) Stults, a gunner in World War II, receiving a medal.  Photo provided to Orchestra of Southern Utah by Nina Hansen, daughter-in-law of Stults. Nina Hansen is principal cellist with the Orchestra of Southern Utah and perform "Kol Nidrei" by Max Bruch at the performance previewed in the attached report. | Photo courtesy of Allen and Kristin Butt per Orchestra of Southern Utah, St. George News
Everett (Pete) Stults, a gunner in World War II, receiving a medal. Photo provided to Orchestra of Southern Utah by Nina Hansen, daughter-in-law of Stults. Nina Hansen is principal cellist with the Orchestra of Southern Utah and perform “Kol Nidrei” by Max Bruch at the performance previewed in the attached report. | Photo courtesy of Allen and Kristin Butt per Orchestra of Southern Utah, St. George News

The Orchestra is delighted to present their very own principal cellist, Nina Hansen, as she performs “Kol Nidrei” by Max Bruch. This piece honors the beauty and rhapsody of Hebrew melodies.

Violist Ling Yu will perform “Ernest Bloch’s Prayer,” which honors the Jewish Prayer.

Patriotic pieces included in the program are “Fanfare for the Common Man” by Aaron Copland, “Victory at Sea” by Richard Rodgers, and the theme from the movie “Lawrence of Arabia.”

For all veterans and their families, the Orchestra of Southern Utah will perform two movements of Antonin Dvorak’s “Symphony No. 9” and also “The New World Symphony.”

Request for photos

A slide show presentation is being assembled to recognize military serviceman for their incredible gift to our country. If you know a veteran or an individual on active duty, please send a picture to Emily Hepworth, the Orchestra’s manager by email to emilyosucedarcity@gmail.com.

Event details

  • What: “Remembrance of the Victory in Europe” dinner and concert
  • When: April 16th, 6 p.m. dinner | 7:30 p.m. concert
  • Where: Heritage Theater, 105 N. 100 East, Cedar City
  • Tickets: Dinner is free for veterans, $3 for adults with the purchase of a concert ticket | Concert is $5 for students, veterans and active military, $10 for adults, $30 for groups of six
  • Contact: Emily Hepworth 435-233-8213 or emilyosucedarcity@gmail.com

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1 Comment

  • Bender April 9, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    Headline Author: When everyone is a hero, no one is a hero. You use the term too lightly.

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