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46th Season

David Grandis, Music Director

Music in the Life of President Lincoln

Songs • Opera • Patriotic Melodies • Spirituals

Hear music that lifted Lincoln’s spirits and strengthened him for “the great task remaining before us.”

Sesquicentennial Concert with Narration - Sunday, April 12th 4 P.M.

Lincoln in camp

Virginia Chamber Orchestra, David Grandis, Music Director
Alexandria Choral Society
Meghan McCall, soprano
The Grand Contraband Jubilee Singers
Robert Aubry Davis, narrator
On display: Works by Virginia artist William Wasylyk

Ernst Community Cultural Center
NVCC Annandale Campus
8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA 22003

Tickets at the door: adults $40; seniors $30; students free
Advance purchase: adults $35; seniors $30
A complimentary reception will follow the concert.
Ample free parking.

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Celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the end of the Civil War and discover what Lincoln’s musical preferences and experiences reveal about this extraordinary leader.

Opera   Overture to Martha by von Flotow
Martha, which continues to be preformed and recorded in the 21st century, is the only Inaugural Opera in US History. (Virginia Chamber Orchestra)
   Two arias from A Masked Ball by Verdi
Learn how Lincoln literally stopped the show when he attended the New York City premiere. (Meghan McCall, soprano, Virginia Chamber Orchestra)
Songs Stephen Foster songs
Lincoln’s wide ranging musical tastes were typical of his era. (Alexandria Choral Society, Virginia Chamber Orchestra)
Spirituals     The narrator will describe Lincoln’s visits to area encampments, where he sang along with the escaping slaves. (The Grand Contraband Jubilee Singers, a cappella)
Patriotic Melodies “Gettysburg” by David Kneupper, a contemporary work commissioned by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield, Illinois. This poignant work combines Dixie and the Battle Hymn of the Republic, reflecting the tragedy of the Civil War. (Alexandria Choral Society, Virginia Chamber Orchestra)
Symphony Symphony No. 2 in D minor, Op. 24, (Jullien) by George Frederick Bristow
Bristow was a major figure in the New York City musical scene in the last half of the nineteenth century. Unlike the other selections there is no direct evidence that Lincoln heard this work. (Virginia Chamber Orchestra)

The concert program will feature a special interpretive section contributed by nationally known experts in music and history.

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Major Donors:
Reinsch Pierce Family Foundation
Virginia Foundation for the Humanities

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P.O. Box 7484, Alexandria, VA 22307-7484
The Virginia Chamber Orchestra is a Registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization
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