The Love Concert

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Co-presented by Art2Action, iTouch Band, and the USF School of Music, as part of the R&R Arts Festival, TOUCH: The Love Concert featured a new composition based on the stories of veterans in Tampa, and a special pre-show performance by "The War & Treaty" music ensemble, founded by Iraq war veteran & singer-songwriter Michael Trotter, Jr.

Touch, USF's iPad Band, will perform a wide range of musical styles and experiences involving the theme of Love, with various special guests. Touch will be joined by faculty and students from the School of Theatre and Dance, including Dora Arreola and Merry Lynn Morris, and from the School of Visual Art and Art History at USF, as well as the School of Music's own Tones of Gold.

A feature piece during the concert will be a multi-arts presentation titled "Indelible: Veteran Love Stories" which was created through a process of Story Circles with local veterans in the Tampa area (facilitated and compiled by Andrea Assaf, in collaboration with The Carpetbag Theatre). All merchandise sold during the concert will benefit Military Support Outreach (MSO), a Tampa-based origanization that assists disadvantaged veterans in transitioning out of homelessness.

This performance is presented in conjunction with the 4th National Summit on Arts & Health in the Military, co-organized by Americans for the Arts.




Art2Action’s programs for the veteran community are made possible by the generous support of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and is sponsored in part by the Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council of Arts and Culture and the State of Florida and the National Endowment for the Arts (Section 286.25, Florida Statutes); and all our fantastic partners!