Former first lady Laura Bush

On Thursday night, former first lady Laura Bush will join the U.S. Army Chorus, the Lone Star Wind Symphony Orchestra and the Turtle Creek Chorale on stage at the Meyerson Symphony Center for Made in America: The Best of American Composers. Bush is serving as the honorary chair for the evening celebrating those who serve to protect our freedom.

The U.S. Army Chorus first performed with the Chorale in 2009 in Dallas. They are the only remaining military service chorus in the U.S. The group of singing soldiers has made hundreds of appearances at the White House and has performed for every president since Dwight D. Eisenhower.

The first half of the concert will focus on popular American composers and music from Broadway, jazz standards, traditional and pop music. The second half will feature American folk songs and showcase American patriotic music classics like “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” “God Bless America” and “America the Beautiful,” as well as modern patriotic songs like “American Anthem” and “I Was There.”

The finale of the concert will be a “service medley” where the anthems from each branch of the Armed Forces will be sung and members and veterans of those branches will be honored.

This is the first TCC concert conducted by Trey Jacobs since he was appointed permanent artistic director of the Chorale.

The concert takes place on May 24 at 8 p.m. at the Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St. Tickets are $20–65.