On November 9 and 10, American Heritage School in American Fork will present the world premiere of "One Nation", a musical tribute to Civil War Veterans commemorating the 150th anniversary of the war.
This newly commissioned work was written specifically for the American Heritage Lyceum Philharmonic by composer Rob Moffat and was orchestrated by Rob Gardner. "One Nation" is billed as a musical production that features a professional cast of actors and singers from New York, Arizona and Utah performing original songs as well as letters and speeches from the Civil War era. Large screens displaying Civil War archival photographs will help to tell the story. Lyceum Philharmonic Director Kayson Brown said in a press release, "'One Nation' helps our students to connect to veterans in an intensely personal way. Learning about the Civil War through preparing for a performance like 'One Nation' accomplishes what no textbook can. Living with this inspiring music for weeks, hearing the letters read, feeling the music and immersing the students in a presentation with such reverence, patriotism, and love of country, inevitably changes their perspective and helps them to relate to the men and women who sacrifice for our liberty." "One Nation" will subsequently go on tour March 30 - April 6, 2013, where it will be performed at Tuacahn in St. George, Utah, the Smith Center in Las Vegas, and the Mesa Arts Center in Arizona. The concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. at the school (American Heritage School, 736 N. 1100 E., American Fork_ and tickets are $10 for adults, $6 for students and veterans, and $40 for a household of up to 12 people, available online at www.American-Heritage.org/show or by phone at 801-642-0055.