By GWEN SISSON
To commemorate Veteran’s Day, Starkville Reads presents “The Music of World War II” 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 “I’ll be Seeing You” and “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” 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 people come in the front door which says “Attendance Center,” go straight down the hall, and take the first hall to the left.
At the end of that hall, the auditorium will be on the right. That way is well-lighted and easy. Visitors can also come in the back, but he said it is a bit more difficult.
Veterans of World War II are encouraged to attend and be recognized.
“This 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,” said Nancy Hargrove, president of Starkville Reads.
The event is being held in conjunction with Starkville Reads’ focus this fall on books about World War II in commemoration of the 65th anniversary of the war’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 Shaara’s novel about it entitled “The Steel Wave.”
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 “Prelude to War,” the first part of the documentary “Why We Fight,” directed by Frank Capra and shown to all World War II soldiers.
For more information, visit the website at http://www.starkvillereads.org .