Mendelssohn offers Reprise: A USO Show Remembered—Music of World War II

Mendelssohn offers Reprise: A USO Show Remembered—Music of World War II

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Throughout September and October, the Rockford area will be featuring the World War II era as part of the 150th birthday celebration of the city. Land of Lincoln Theater Organ Society and Rock Valley College will feature an original show written by Camp Grant soldiers in 1943 to thank Rockford for taking care of the service people during the time the camp was open.

Mendelssohn Club will join many local organizations and has been asked, as part of the celebration, to reproduce their USO show featuring music of the ’40s. The show will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Oct. 16, 17 and 18 in Emerson Auditorium at Mendelssohn Club, 415 N. Church Street.

Mendelssohn has many of the original cast members, along with Jack Armstrong at the piano, John Lichtenberg’s Gardenia House Band and Timm Adams from Rockford College helping to direct the show. They’ve added a few new songs and a few new voices to the ensemble. The USO show will be an exciting part of the celebration of the heroes and music of Rockford during the WW II years.

Tickets are on sale at Mendelssohn Club, priced at $10 for adults, $5 for students. This show is not part of the 02-03 concert season. For more information, call Mendelssohn Club at (815) 964-9713.

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