By GWEN SISSON
To commemorate Veteranâ€™s Day, Starkville Reads presents â€śThe Music of World War IIâ€ť tonight at Starkville High School.
Dr. Guy Hargrove, tenor and retired professor of music from Mississippi State University; the Starkville High School Jazz Band; and a group of Starkville High School young women as the Andrews Sisters will perform such songs â€śIâ€™ll be Seeing Youâ€ť and â€śIâ€™ll Be Home for Christmas,â€ť which captured the longing felt by soldiers separated from their loved ones during World War II.
The program will be at 7 p.m. today at the SHS auditorium. The event is open to the public free of charge.
The SHS principal suggests that peopleÂ come in the front door which says â€śAttendance Center,â€ťÂ go straight down the hall, and take the first hall to the left.Â
At the end of that hall, the auditorium will be on the right.Â That way is well-lighted and easy. Visitors can also come in the back, but he said it is a bit more difficult.Â
Veterans of World War II are encouraged to attend and be recognized.
â€śThis program will be inspirational educational, and entertaining and will showcase the musical talents of some of our outstanding high school students as well as of a professional singer well-known in the community as they perform some of the most memorable musical pieces of the World War II era,â€ť said Nancy Hargrove, president of Starkville Reads.
The event is being held in conjunction with Starkville Readsâ€™ focus this fall on books about World War II in commemoration of the 65th anniversary of the warâ€™s end.
Starkville Reads will present two additional programs on World War II in November. On Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. at the Starkville Public Library, Dr. Kathryn Barbier will discuss D-Day and Jeff Shaaraâ€™s novel about it entitled â€śThe Steel Wave.â€ť
In collaboration with the Starkville Community Theatre, on Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Starkville Community Theatre, Dr. Clyde Williams will introduce and then show â€śPrelude to War,â€ť the first part of the documentary â€śWhy We Fight,â€ť directed by Frank Capra and shown to all World War II soldiers.
For more information, visit the website at http://www.starkvillereads.org.