OXFORD, Miss. – The Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts will host two family entertainments events this weekend: the United States Air Force Concert Band and Singing Sergeants on Friday night and “Peter Rabbit Tales” on Saturday.
The USAF Concert Band, stationed in Washington, D.C., is known as the premier symphonic wind ensemble of the Air Force. The band features 53 active-duty airman musicians who perform around the United States on biannual concert tours. Attendees will hear a variety of music, ranging from classical works to popular and patriotic pieces.
The Singing Sergeants, the Air Force’s official chorus, will join the band. These 23 active-duty musicians perform more than 200 times a year, featuring traditional, Americana, modern Broadway and jazz musical styles.
The two groups together honor those who have served, inspire patriotism and work to advance positive diplomatic relations through song.
“It is always an honor to host one of military bands,” said Kate Meacham, Ford Center marketing director. “The musicians are always of the highest caliber, and I know the Air Force Band and the Singing Sergeants will put on a wonderful performance.”
The performance is set for 7:30 p.m. Admission is free, but tickets are required. They are available at the UM Box Office in the Ole Miss Student Union.
“Peter Rabbit Tales,” performed by the Enchantment Theatre Company, bring Beatrix Potter’s tale to life. The performance follows Peter as he sets off on an adventure to rescue his sister’s babies. The one-hour family performance is recommended for ages 3 to 9 and is sure to captivate the young audiences.
“We are also excited welcome young audiences back to the Ford Center for ‘Peter Rabbit Tales,'” Meacham said. “‘Peter Rabbit’ and all the Beatrix Potter books are such a classic character and story.”
Peter Rabbit’s adventure begins at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children, and are available at the UM Box Office in the Ole Miss Student Union or online at http://www.fordcenter.org/.