Sure, a concert by the Soldiers' Chorus of the United States Army Field Band is going to have a patriotic feel to it, from the uniforms to the repertoire.

Sure, a concert by the Soldiers' Chorus of the United States Army Field Band is going to have a patriotic feel to it, from the uniforms to the repertoire.

But don't ignore the fact that these singers are talented, an ensemble selected from the best of the best.

Programs take advantage of the varied backgrounds and training of the singers, and include "classical" choral selections, pop and Broadway tunes, barbershop and other American forms and, of course, patriotic numbers.

The Soldiers' Chorus joins the Columbus Symphony Orchestra in concert Saturday, Jan. 29, at the Ohio Theatre. Tickets are $20.50-$66.50. Call (614) 228-8600.

Two unique voices and songwriters will present an evening of acoustic music at Newark's Midland Theatre Sunday, Jan. 30.

Lyle Lovett's music seems to reside at once in the past, present and future. A quintessential American singer-songwriter, he boasts a facile command of the entire pantheon of American music forms, from country to gospel, jazz to rock n' roll, folk to blues.

And The Beat has always loved John Hiatt's peanut-butter-on-the-roof-of-your-mouth voice, and his songs are sublime, whether rockin' or pensive.

The longtime friends have toured together on a handful of occasions, sharing the spotlight.

Tickets are $46.50-$74.50. Call (740) 345-LIVE.


Whether you're looking for a genuine cross-cultural experience or just something that evokes "now there's something you don't see every day," the Thursday, Feb. 3, concert by Huun Huur Tu at the Lincoln Theatre is for you.

The ensemble's concerts are based around the ancient Mongolian style of throat-singing, in which the singer produces two or three notes simultaneously. Huun Huur Tu augments this with traditional Tuvan (Tuva is a small central Asian republic) instruments and, more recently, Western instruments as well, including some electronic music.

Tickets are $11-$26. Call (614) 469-0939.