ETSO Plays With Harry Connick Jr. at Chattanooga Unite Benefit

Maestro Richard Hickam and The East Tennessee Symphony Orchestra have accepted an invitation to accompany Harry Connick Jr. for the Chattanooga Unite benefit concert taking place on the Chattanooga Riverfront on Wednesday, September 16. The program will honor the fallen soldiers who lost their lives during the attack on the Armed Forces Recruiting Center and Navy Reserve Center that took place on July 16, 2015 in Chattanooga.

“These men paid the ultimate price, protecting all that we as Americans hold dear, even when it cost them everything,” said Mathew Miller, vice president of operations for the East Tennessee Symphony Orchestra. “Our organization is honored and humbled to be able to take part in this special concert as a tribute to these brave men. We must always remember, freedom isn’t free.”

Actor and former Chattanooga resident Samuel L. Jackson will be the emcee for the program. The afternoon will also feature a performance by country singer Brantley Gilbert. The program is scheduled to conclude with a fireworks display over the river.

The event is free, however those in attendance will be asked to make a donation to support the families of the fallen soldiers. For a detailed schedule and more information about this event please visit

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