The annual Patriotic Program, “God Bless America,” will be held Sunday, July 4, 2010, at the King Fine Arts Auditorium, 2100 Parke Ave. in Burley. Performances will be at 6 and 8 p.m. This is a non-denominational concert presented by the Mini-Cassia area churches. The event is free and open to the public.
This year, the combined choir directed by Jeff Rasmussen and Helen Bowcut will perform several patriotic numbers, along with guest artists including Andy Smithson; the “Silhouttes,” an octet comprised of Jacque Lee, Trina Smith, Paige Beck, Leslie Crafton, Burton Anderson, Keith Ramsey, Rob Newman and Clay Handy; the “Golden Moments,” with singers Camille Cox, Milton Barrus and Jack VanBuren; a brass ensemble under the direction of Dr. Paul Pugh playing a “Salute to the Armed Forces”; and the traditional piano quartet comprised of Helen Bowcut, Ellen Judd, Mayna McGill and Jeff Rasmussen performing “The Stars & Stripes Forever” by John Philip Sousa, arranged by Mack Wilberg. The narration has been written and will be presented by Charmaine Ralphs. The staging and production is under the direction of Julene Thurston.