|By TimeOut Staff||
November 14, 2013
- Carroll University’s Wind Symphony will present a tribute
concert to President John F. Kennedy on the anniversary of his
assassination Nov. 22.
Wind Symphony will present “In Memoriam: JFK 50th Anniversary
Concert” conducted by Lawrence Dale Harper, professor of music
at the university. The performance will be at 8 p.m. in the
auditorium of the Shattuck Music Center, 218 N. East Ave. This
event is free and open to the public.
evening includes a world premiere performance of “And We Are
All Mortal,” commissioned by the Wind Symphony and composed by
former music instructor Keith Carpenter. The title comes from a
speech Kennedy gave at American University, in which he said:
if we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make
the world safe for diversity. For, in the final analysis, our
most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet.
We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s
future. And we are all mortal.” - June 10, 1963
concert highlight will be the performance of the “Elegy for a
Young American” by American composer Ronald LoPresti. The
intense and somber meditation will be accompanied by a moving
slide show that illuminates the life and funeral of JFK. The
piece was written in 1964 and is dedicated to Kennedy’s
Twilight Fades” was composed by Rick Kirby, instructor of
music and former Waukesha band director; it is only the second
performance of his work. The piece mixes popular, jazz and world
music influences to arrive at an engaging and nostalgic look at
the Kennedy years and the passing of what many have called the
concert concludes with the ever-popular “Lincoln Portrait”
by legendary American composer Aaron Copland.
have often pointed to the uncanny connections between Kennedy
and President Abraham Lincoln; both men were killed while
serving in office by gunshots to the head, and both played a
large role in bringing about humanitarian change for the
country, especially concerning civil rights. During this portion
of the concert, professional actor John Kishline will narrate
some of Lincoln’s immortal words.
For more information, contact Carroll’s music office at 524-7182 or email@example.com