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National Endowment for the Arts Gives a Musical Salute to Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune on Independence Day

Release Date: 6/13/2005

On July 4th, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) will help more than 10,000 Marines and their families celebrate the holiday at Camp Lejeune's W.P.T. Hill Field with a special performance of American musical theater and opera.  The NEA approached Lejeune officials to offer a replacement for the award-winning Second Marine Division Band, which traditionally performs at this annual event, but is currently in to Iraq supporting Headquarters Battalion, Second Marine Division.
Opera Carolina and the Winston-Salem Symphony will perform under the direction of James Meena that will feature selection from musicals such as Showboat and West Side Story as well as popular excerpts from American operas such as Susannah and Candide.  The program will also feature several patriotic numbers in honor of Independence Day.
"The National Endowment is pleased to partner with Camp Lejeune to provide members of the military and their families with access to high quality American musical theater and opera excerpts," said Wayne S. Brown, Director of the NEA Music and Opera Division.
The performance is a preview of Great American Voices, an upcoming NEA initiative that will celebrate the best of American arts by bringing musical performances to military families across the country.  Great American Voices is presented in coordination with the Department of Defense and Opera America.  Great American Voices is made possible by The Boeing Company. 
The festivities will conclude with Camp Lejeune's Famous Fireworks Display. 
This alcohol free event is free and open to the public.  Everyone is invited to bring their lounge chairs and blankets.  Children and adults of all ages are welcome.  Please, leave pets, personal fireworks, and sparklers at home. 
Due to the on going security measures, arrive early to avoid delays.  All vehicles and coolers are subject to search.  In case of inclement weather, only the Fireworks part of the event will be re-scheduled for Tuesday, July 5 at 9:00 p.m.
The Main Gate, Sneads Ferry, and Triangle Outpost Gates are open 24 hours a day.  The Piney Green Gate will be open at 1630 on July 4.  Guests arriving from the Main Gate will be directed into the MCX/Commissary parking lot.  SNCO/Officer housing and Hadnot Point will be routed from McHugh Blvd. onto the new Birch Street Ext. after the Theater and Education parking lots are filled.  The exit route will be the same as the arrival routes, in reverse.
Great American Voices is presented by The National Endowment for the Arts.  The 4th of July Celebration is co-presented by The Daily News and Max Magazine and  sponsored by The Home Depot, Financial Superstore, New River Harley Davidson, Le Bleu Bottled Water, and WRNS.  Sponsorship does not imply Federal or USMC endorsement.  For more information on this event, please call (910) 451-3535.

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