Directed by Dr. Craig Jessop, the American Festival Chorus & Orchestra invites you to join with us as we enter our second decade.

Season tickets available now.  Single tickets available now.

Nov 3, 2018 - 7:30pm
Ages 8+

Veterans were sent off to war, but do we really understand what they went through and continue to experience?  The composers and poets featured in this concert, several of whom were veterans themselves, did.  These are veterans' stories told in a way that can only be conveyed through music.  Join with the American Festival Chorus & Orchestra and the men of the USU Chorale in a stunning and thought-provoking journey that explores their experiences and sacrifice.

War and the Human Heart combines chamber orchestra, chorus, film, and live narration in a moving performance that honors the experience of war for every veteran, past or present.  Master of Ceremonies Ken Verdoia, recently-retired from KUED television, will guide the audience through feelings of battle, loss, and love as veterans have experienced them. 

Hear rarely-performed and compelling music by Beethoven, Rousel, Grainger, Martinů, Holst, Schumann, and others --- music that you may never have the opportunity to hear live again. Many of the pieces in this event have not been performed in Utah recently or ever.  In addition to music and film, there will be readings and narration by Mr. Verdoia, "Utah's Storyteller," as well as accompanying supertitles in English.

This unique performance commemorates the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day.  It is one of numerous activities around Cache Valley.

Program Notes


Nov 11, 2018 - 7:30pm
Free Concert. Ticket Required Ages 8+

The American Festival Chorus will be joined by the USU Symphony Orchestra for this popular, annual concert honoring the courage and sacrifice of our U.S. military service men and women.  Featuring patriotic and contemplative music, this is a moving and reverent tribute to our Armed Forces Veterans.

Dec 6, 2018 - 7:30pm
Dec 7, 2018 - 7:30pm
Dec 8, 2018 - 2:00pm
Dec 8, 2018 - 7:30pm
Ages 8+

For our most popular concert of the year, we will be joined by the phenomenally-talented 16-year-old singer, songwriter, and SONY recording artist Lexi Walker.  This young Utahhn has recently returned from her first world tour, and we are delighted that she will be able to share her talents with us this holiday season.  We'll be joined by the Westminster Bell Choir in this joyful celebration of Christmas.

Feb 9, 2019 - 7:30pm
Ages 5+
150th Anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad

Travel with Conductor Craig on a spectacular musical journey commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad.  Featuring folksy favorites and Americana celebrating the driving of the Golden Spike, this concert is sure to delight the whole family!  Also featuring the Cache Children's Choir.

Apr 20, 2019 - 7:30pm
Ages 8+
by Ethan Wickman
Commissioned by AFCO

Music Director Crain Jessop will conduct the world premiere of Ethan Wickman and Glen Nelson's oratorio, "To a Village Called Emmaus."  Commissioned by AFCO, the new work tells the compelling story of events in the week after Christ's resurrection.  The text draws from the biblical book of John, using multiple transactions and original poetry to embrace many faith traditions.  The audience will join with the unwitting disciples as they discover the origins and identity of their divine fellow traveler.

American Festival Chorus and Orchestra thanks you for sharing 10 wonderful years of creating music!

We've written up a short retrospective.  We hope you enjoy it as much as we have enjoyed looking back.

Don't Miss Special Armistice Rememberance Activities

As part of the remembrance of the 100-year anniversary of Armistice Day at the end of World War 1, special exhibits, talks, and movies are planned around Cache Valley.  Click here for a list of activities.


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