Concert to honor Veterans’ Day, 100th anniversary of WWI Armistice

November 1, 2018
Singing Pioneers
Flag Ceremony

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — On Sunday, Nov. 11, the Singing Pioneers and Coro D’Angeli, two of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s choral organizations, will honor Veterans’ Day and the 100th anniversary of the World War I Armistice with a special concert in the Brodbeck Concert Hall in the Center for the Arts at 7 p.m. The concert will be the capstone of a week of special events designed to honor Veterans’ Day.

The treble chorus will open the program with a set of three French Romantic pieces on the topic of love as well as highlights from the Carole King musical “Beautiful.” Following, the bass chorus will perform music that reflects on themes of war, including the devastation of war, reconciliation and peace, with several pieces specifically referencing World War I. Guest instrumentalist Dr. David Cooper, associate professor of trumpet at UW-Platteville, will perform three pieces on the flugelhorn. The concert will end with a special rendition of “America the Beautiful.”

“This collaborative event will be a special and meaningful way for us to recognize veterans and their ultimate commitment to our country,” said UW-Platteville Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities Dr. Bob Demaree. “We will take the audience on a journey, one that provides a window into the emotions military members might have felt – from before the war, to when they made the decision to take a stand for their country, and finally, to the horrors and realities of war and the ripple effects it had on families.”

Three members of the Singing Pioneers are current members of the military, including Samuel Shirley, a freshman building and construction management major from Westfield, Wisconsin; Jacob Coleman, a freshman criminal justice major from Green Bay, Wisconsin; and Nicolas Belongeay, a sophomore criminal justice major, also from Green Bay.

“Singing in this concert allows me to honor and remember those who have fought and sacrificed for America and her allies’ freedom,” said Belongeay. “Being in the Army Reserves allows me to be a part of a greater cause while learning valuable lifelong skills.”

“The Wright Center and our veterans are excited to be included in this opportunity to celebrate Veterans’ Day with the Singing Pioneers,” said Greg Tremelling, a 2015 UW-Platteville graduate, coordinator of the Wright Center for Non-Traditional and Veteran Students at UW-Platteville, a U.S. Army veteran, and a former member of the Singing Pioneers. “It is humbling to be able to come together to say thank you to our veterans while listening to the Singing Pioneers perform music in honor of the 100th anniversary of the WWI Armistice.”

During the Singing Pioneers set, the university will recognize current and former members of the five branches of the United States military as well as audience members whose family members have given the ultimate sacrifice.

Tickets are $5 for general admission and are available at the door or online through the University Box Office at 608-342-1298 or 877-727-1CFA or visit Admission is free for current and former military members with an I.D. All current and former military members are encouraged to attend the concert in uniform. 


Written by: Laurie A. Hamer, University Relations Specialist, College of Liberal Arts and Education, 608-342-6191,


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