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Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra: Concert IV - By the People, for the People

Stevens Point

The CWSO performs an entire concert of music in honor of veterans of all wars, but inspired by the Civil War and in honor of Abraham Lincoln, our sixteenth Commander-in-Chief. Wisconsin Public Radio legend Jim Fleming returns to the stage, narrating Aaron Copland’s Lincoln Portrait. With musical references from great American songs and quotations from Lincoln’s iconic speeches, the work has become a source of comfort in times of national crisis. Ernst Bacon composed the twelve miniatures of Ford’s Theatre as incidental music for a play on the last moments of the President’s life, but since 1946, the music has had its own life in the symphonic world. George Frederick McKay was the first composition graduate of the Eastman School of Music. A prolific American composer, McKay was inspired by the stories of his grandfathers, who were accomplished country fiddlers and veterans of the Union Army and battles of Vicksburg and Shiloh. To A Liberator pays homage to the spirit of democracy central to Lincoln’s philosophy as well as the struggle against tyranny of the early years of World War II.

Performing Arts Type

  • Music