SEU Hosting Veterans Day Tribute at The Polk Theatre

Sinfonia: Connecting the Arts & Community

In serving our country, the lives of our service members and their families are forever changed.

Sinfonia: Connecting the Arts & Community, will be held on November 11, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. at The Polk Theatre. This memorable concert is designed to tell the stories of Central Florida veterans and their families in the pursuit of service to our nation — from the decision to serve, to deployment, and beyond. These stories will be told through the original compositions of Joseph DeBeasi, and will be performed by the Southeastern University Orchestra and the Southeastern University Choir.

About the Music

One of the original compositions for this fall’s concert was debuted in March, at the first Sinfonia concert. This piece, entitled “One More Minute,” was inspired by the interviews DeBeasi conducted with several Central Florida veterans which spanned the breadth of American conflicts from World War II to the current conflict in the Middle East.

For the first time, DeBeasi will be presenting a new piece inspired by interviews conducted with the families of Central Florida veterans — giving voice to the often-overlooked perspective of the families of our service members. This new composition is entitled “A Thousand Faces.”

“I met with several military families. Some are new to the military, others have been military families for generations. Their stories ranged from pride and excitement to anxiety, grief, and despair,” says DeBeasi. “When it came time for me to compose this piece, I was deeply moved by the stories, especially those of loss and isolation. I wrestled with darkness and isolation until finally writing it into the composition.”

“’A Thousand Faces’ is a story of community, companionship, and survival,” DeBeasi saysregarding the new piece. “It is for each of us who have wrestled with grief, despair, and darkness and have persevered.  With the help of those around us, we are able to endure.”

Joseph DeBeasi is the composer for Clint Eastwood’s Oscar-nominated American Sniper, Eleven Eleven,and most recently released Alpha.In addition to these compositions, DeBeasi has worked on more than 60 feature films, including The Revenant, Prisoners, The Book of Eli, Because of Winn-Dixie, Dirty Dancing, andMaid in Manhattan.

Event Details

Sinfonia: Connecting the Arts & Community
Sunday, November 11, 2018 at 2:30 p.m.
The Polk Theatre, 121 South Florida Avenue, Lakeland

Purchase Sinfonia Tickets
 $5 – Active Military/Veterans
$10 – Students (with valid ID)
$12 – General Admission
$30 – VIP Admission (preferred seating)


This is the second time this year that SEU has hosted this impactful event, the first of which was held this past March. We are excited to bring Mr. DeBeasi back to Lakeland and welcome additional conductors from our own faculty and the community.

Dr. William L. Lake, Jr.
Director of Bands, Assistant Professor of Music
Southeastern University

Dr. Daniel Gordon
Professor of Choral Music Education
Southeastern University

Joseph DeBeasi (Guest Conductor)
Composer and Music Editor
American Sniper, Eleven Eleven, and Alpha

Seretha Tinsley (Guest Conductor)
Tinsley Family Concessions 

Joe Tedder (Guest Conductor)
Polk County Tax Collector

More Information

Purchase Sinfonia Tickets
2018–2019 Performance Series
Degree Programs in the College of Arts & Media
ROTC at Southeastern University
Financial Aid Resources for Veterans at SEU


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