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Royal Belgian Band To Perform At Kennedy Center

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Fifty surviving World War II veterans who fought in the Battle of the Bulge will be honored with a performance by one of Belgium’s premiere symphonic bands and the Choral Arts Chorus of Washington. 

The concert Monday evening at the Kennedy Center features the Royal Symphonic Band of the Belgian Guides. The band dates back to 1832 when King Leopold I formed a band with his personal guard. 

This will be the band’s third-ever U.S. appearance when they play “Christmas Music: The Treasured Holiday Tradition” with singers from the Choral Arts Society. Previously, the band performed for President Herbert Hoover in 1929 and at Constitution Hall in 1994. 

Choral Arts will perform the concert again Dec. 21 and Dec. 24 with the American Youth Philharmonic Orchestra. 

Tickets range from $15 to $65.

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