Prior to the premiere, service members, USO staff and supporters pitched in to stuff 600 care packages at the American Legion Hollywood that will be delivered to some of the 1,350-plus California National Guard members activated to fight the Southern California wildfires. USO CEO and President Dr. J.D. Crouch II and Bob Hope USO President Bob Kurkjian dedicated the USO premiere reception to California National Guard members, encouraging attendees to help assemble the care packages and to write personal messages of support on them.
\"We are proud to support the California National Guard as we participate in the premiere to see the USO featured as part of Pitch Perfect 3,\" Crouch said. \"We are grateful for all those who pitched in as a Force Behind the ForcesSM to produce these care packages. We are also thrilled that our good friend Elizabeth Banks incorporated her USO tour experience into the Pitch Perfect series, and that Universal Pictures and director Trish Sie brought our entertainment mission to life so well.\"
It's a long way from Texas to Mother Russia but director Craig Hella Johnson and his Austin-based choir Conspirare close the gap considerably with this impressive new album. The Sacred Spirit of Russia envelopes you in the haunting tradition of centuries-old a cappella Orthodox church music, an otherworldly combination of vocal colors and textures, with emotions ranging from solemnity (Alexander Kastalsky's \"Today the Virgin\") to euphoria (Alexander Gretchaninov's \"Glory\"). A high point in the album is Vladimir Martynov's ethereal Beatitudes, where sopranos and altos soar above a drone of humming. A low point, quite literally, is the extraordinary \"Do Not Cast Me Off in My Old Age\" by Pavel Tchesnokov. The soul of Russian Orthodox music lies in its bass singers, and Conspirare is blessed with a massive bottom end, anchored by the subterranean sounds of Glenn Miller, the group's resident basso profondo and soloist in this piece. His lowest notes are as much seismic rumbles as pitches.
And good god, is there ever a lot of DJ Khaled. The shameless pitchman and crafter of such all-time party songs as \"All I Do Is Win\" and this year's \"I'm the One\" is in this thing way too much, though most of his moments are just cutaways to him reacting to an onstage performance or looking at his phone. 781b155fdc