The David Johnson Chorus will begin its third decade at 7 tonight at the Dresden High School Little Theater.

“A Salute to the American Spirit” will feature songs that reflect the elements of our nation’s history that have, and continue to, contributed to its greatness, according to a press release.

The opening numbers focus on individuals, most of whom came from very humble beginnings, who became internationally famous and successful — P.T. Barnum, George and Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter, Charles Schultz (of “Peanuts” fame), Elvis, Frankie Vali and the Four Seasons, Dolly Parton, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles.

The tone of the concert then changes as it salutes the role that faith and church have played in the American spirit. The chorus will sing three songs: “The Old Church,” “Ain-a That Good News!,” and “Deep River.”

The song “Shenandoah” will be a salute to the spirit of adventure and the westward expansion of our country. Several songs will salute home as a place to grow up in, go away from and to come back to.

As the concert draws to a close, the chorus will give a salute to being committed to creating positive change, but also to the idea that “even though this world needs so much more, there’s so much to be thankful for.”

Admission will be $10 for adults with children and students admitted free of charge.

For more information about the Dresden concert or other DJC events, contact general manager Gail Dyer Jercinovich at 731-514-0167 or go to Facebook or

The chorus will have another concert at 7 p.m. May 11 at The Venue at Waddell Place, 940 Joy Sparks Road in McKenzie.

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