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Pro Musica will present 'America' concert on Saturday

The dreams of America's forefathers will echo through the Lawton City Hall Auditorium on Saturday when Lawton's Pro Musica chamber choir concludes its 15th season with a patriotic concert.

"America ... And the Dream Lives On," in the title of the choir's concert this weekend. It is billed as an inspiring night of choral and solo music that represents the past, present and future of America.

Nancy Willoughby is the director of Lawton Pro Musica, a position she has held since the group was founded in 2003. Willoughby said that the season's final concert was originally held closer to July 4, but has been moved back over the years to include Memorial Day as well as Independence Day.

"It has been a distinctly American and patriotic concert during this time," Willoughby said. "And it has always honored those who serve our country."

The concert will feature traditional favorites such as "My Country 'Tis of Thee," and "America, The Beautiful." A special tribute piece, "To Those Who Serve," will be performed in honor of military personnel past and present. 

The concert will also feature music by John Williams, Rollo Dilworth as well as Carole King's signature song, "Beautiful".

"I generally have a broad idea of a concert theme when I begin choosing music. This year I was looking for songs we had not performed before and found "America, and The Dream Goes On," by John Williams," Willoughby said.

The song was originally performed in 1982, but Willoughby was not familiar with it before selecting it for the concert.

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