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The Syracuse University Women’s Choir will present the multimedia concert “Syracuse University and National Defense: Forgotten and Untold Stories” on Veterans Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11, at 8 p.m. in the Rose and Jules R. Setnor Auditorium, Crouse College. The concert is free and open to the public.

The concert will reveal forgotten and untold stories of Syracuse University’s nearly 100-year history of its support of national defense and national leadership in the education of veterans. The stories will be told through narration, projected photographs and selected choral music representing various eras from the 1920s to today.

The choir will perform under the artistic direction of Barbara M. Tagg, faculty member in the College of Visual and Performing Arts’ Rose, Jules R. and Stanford S. Setnor School of Music. The featured premiere will be “While We Are On Earth,” written for the concert by Grammy Award-winning composer Libby Larsen.

Additional works to be premiered include a trumpet fanfare composed by Sean O’Loughlin, “The Air Force Hymn” arranged for treble voices by Chad Steffey and the treble version of “To Those Who Came Before Us” by Jim Papoulis. Patrick M. Jones, Setnor faculty member and director of veteran enrollment practice in the Division of Enrollment Management, will narrate.

Setnor faculty musicians participating in the event include Gabriel DiMartino, Deette Bunn, Gregory Wood and Kathleen Roland-Silverstein. Faculty composer Joseph Downing’s “Everyone Suddenly Burst Out Singing” will be sung, and familiar songs honoring veterans and their families will be heard, including such popular tunes of the era as “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.”

For most Setnor Auditorium concerts, free and accessible parking is available in the Q-1 lot. If the lot is full or unavailable, patrons will be directed to an alternate lot. Campus parking availability is subject to change; call 315-443-2191 for current information. For more information about the concert, contact Tagg at 315-443-5750 or

This program is presented as part of a five-part Connective Corridor choral series “Time and Place” with the Setnor School of Music. The series was funded through a grant to the College of Visual and Performing Arts from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA). Featuring world-premiere compositions by national and regional artists, the concerts include performances by visiting guest artists as well as Syracuse University and community choral groups. The five concerts are being staged at iconic locations along the Connective Corridor.

With works that are narratives culled from personal histories, the series is meant to invoke a “landscape of time and place.” The series reflects NYSCA’s commitment to creative placemaking and the Corridor’s mission of connecting university and community through creative collaboration.