PROGRAM: “Rally ‘Round the Flag”

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A year-by-year musical look at the politics, personalities, and perspectives that remade a nation in the Civil War era.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:
Audience members participate and sing along in an engaging, exploratory forum as we bring new life to lyrics, documents, and visual images from primary sources.  Through camp songs, parlor music, hymns, battlefield rallying cries, and fiddle tunes, we examine the folksong as a means to enact living history, share perspectives, influence public perceptions of events, and simultaneously fuse and conserve cultures in times of change.  This dynamic and engaging session features instruments such as banjo, fiddle, dulcimer, accordion, whistle, and guitar, and challenges participants to find new connections between song, art, and politics in American history.

PROGRAM OPTIONS: 

  • Antebellum Focus = 45 minutes
  • Wartime Focus = 45 minutes
  • Antebellum + Wartime, single set = 45 minutes
  • Antebellum + Wartime, two sets = 90 minutes (+ intermission)

Sample songs:

 

 


BANNER IMAGE CREDIT:


“Washington, D.C. Drum Corps of 10th Veteran Reserve Corps at leisure”
(June 1865)

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