Local Choral Group Performs for Heroes

June 20, 2011 Updated Jun 20, 2011 at 6:57 PM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

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June 20, 2011 Updated Jun 20, 2011 at 6:57 PM EDT

West Seneca, N.Y. (WKBW) The Buffalo Choral Arts Society is taking their performance of "Service of Evensong" to the Nation's Capital. Director Marcia Giambrone said it's a once in a lifetime opportunity.

"Choral Arts Society is in its 45th year. It's our anniversary year this year and we couldn't culminate it with a more special set of days," Giambrone said.

It's a set of three days, July third through the fifth. The group will be performing in honor of those men and women who fought for the country. The first day, they are singing all of "Service of Evensong" at Washington National Cathedral.

"An Evensong is a service of songs and prayers that is song in the Episcopal Church," Giambrone said.

They will then perform a concert on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center on The Fourth of July. That performance will be streamed live on the Internet. Giambrone said the last day is something special.

"On Tuesday, it's probably the most exciting. We get to perform a couple of concerts for wounded warriors at Walter Reed Army Hospital," Giambrone said.

Although the group said this is a once in a lifetime trip, they also hope it's a special experience for the veterans who hear their songs.

Not just any choral group has this opportunity. The Choral Arts Society had to apply, audition and be invited to take the stage.

"The book for our application was three to four inches thick," Giambrone said.

Giambrone said the group is more than ready to board the plane.

"I'm feeling great. I'm feeling so alive and ready to go. Let's pack and lets go," Giambrone said.