Orchestra, chorus commemorate D-Day

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ALPHARETTA, Ga. — In remembrance of the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the Alpharetta High School Orchestra and Chorus will travel to Europe for a 10-day musical tour across France, Germany and Austria.

The combined orchestra and chorus will perform at a variety of venues including the D-Day Commencement Ceremony at Omaha Beach on June 5.

This is the orchestra's first trip to Europe for a musical performance.

The group departed June 2 and return June 11.

The concert schedule includes performances at La Madeleine Place de la Madeleine in Paris on June 4, at Normandy American Cemetery and at the D-Day Commencement on June 5 and at St. Nicholas Aubockplatz in Austria on June 9.

Students will also travel through several other cities and visit historical and cultural landmarks including the Notre-Dame Cathedral; the Louvre, the world's largest art museum; Dachau, a Nazi concentration camp and Mozart's birthplace in Salzburg, Germany.

In preparation for the tour, the AHS Orchestra held a preview concert on May 30.

The orchestra invited World War II veterans in the Alpharetta area to attend the preview performance and commemorate the experience.

"It is a really touching and amazing thing and a real honor for our group to be able to go," said Eve Jones, Alpharetta High School Orchestra Association president. "We would like to share the music and our excitement with Alpharetta veterans."

For more information, visit ahsoa.org.