Liberty Celebration in need of singers, musicians

Matthew Lane • Apr 28, 2016 at 12:45 PM

KINGSPORT — The Liberty Celebration is sending out a call for singers and musicians, volunteers who wish to be a part of Kingsport’s biennial performance commemorating Independence Day and honoring the men and women of the U.S. armed forces.

The event is holding a free kickoff breakfast at Kingsport Community Church (2316 Memorial Blvd.) on April 30 at 8:30 a.m., and according to organizer Jim Austin, this is when former participants and prospective newcomers need to show up to volunteer to participate. Adult rehearsals continue each Monday and Saturday, while children’s rehearsals continue on Saturdays starting May 14.

Austin said he’s hoping to bring in 40 to 45 people for the orchestra and 100 to 120 people for the choir.

“We contact church choirs, anyone we know who sings, trying to get them to participate,” Austin said. “If you can get 120 people to come together and practice, committed and learn the music, that’s a big commitment.”

This year’s theme is “You’re a Grand Old Flag,” and the performance will feature adult and children’s choirs, an orchestra, soloists, dance groups, dramatic presentations, a recognition of the Tomb of the Unknowns, and a strong military emphasis with recognition of America’s servicemen and women.

“It’s quite an endeavor,” Austin said.

The Liberty Celebration (the ninth one since 2000) will take place at the Toy F. Reid Eastman Employee Center with one performance on July 1 (at 7:30 p.m.) and two on July 2 (2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.). Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased at the employee center, Kingsport Community Church, Kingsport Renaissance Center or the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce.

For more information, call (423) 276-1276 or visit www.libertycelebration.org.

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