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Prescott native performs at Kennedy Center Sunday

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A Prescott native will perform at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Memorial Day weekend.

Peter Durow will perform with the U.S. Air Force Symphony Orchestra Sunday, May 26, as part of the National Memorial Day Choral Festival. Also included on the schedule is the premiere performance of "Gettysburg," a selection Durow wrote to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.


Durow, who is a choral music instructor for Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Mo., explained "Gettysburg" is based on the poem by Herman Melville.

Durow's piece is one of three with a Gettysburg theme to be played during the Festival. The other two are Aaron Copland's "Lincoln Portrait" and Air Force Band arranger Floyd Wele's "The Story of the Battle Hymn of Republic."

"I'm definitely looking forward to it," Durow said last week. "There will be a number of military veterans in the audience." He added members from the SE Missouri State choir will perform as well.

Durow, who grew up in Prescott until he went to college, has degrees from Bethany Lutheran College, Augsburg College, Butler University and Florida State University, where he earned his Ph.D. in choral music education.

He is the son of Richard and Cindy Durow of Prescott. Richard is the Pastor of St. Paul's Lutheran Church.