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Contact: Vicki Mayk

Two of the most significant events in United States history will be highlighted when the Wilkes University Civic Band presents its “Witness to History” concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 24 at 3:00 p.m. The concert commemorates the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s Gettysburg and the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy with music and narration honoring both events. The concert will be in the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center for the Performing Arts, South and River streets in Wilkes-Barre.

Bruce Phair, manager and technical director of the Darte Center, will narrate the concert. Wilkes University President Patrick F. Leahy and Phair will narrate Aaron Copland’s “A Lincoln Portrait.”  Leahy also will recite quotes from JFK’s speeches before the band performs, Turn Not Thy Face, a chorale prelude composed shortly after the Kennedy assassination by American composer Vincent Persichetti, a Philadelphia native who taught at the Julliard School.

Under the direction of Philip G. Simon, associate professor of music at Wilkes, the band also will perform, Sounds of Lincoln, written by composer Rob Walker for the Civic Band based on music composed during the time of Lincoln. It is historically significant that both the words of President Lincoln and the music that reflected his legacy be presented, while the profound sadness that accompanied the death of President Kennedy is also remembered.The concert also includes Mozart’s “Bassoon Concerto” performed by Sophomore James Steigerwalt, a Wilkes pharmacy major.

The event is free and open to the public. Parking is available in the Wilkes University Student Center parking lot.

For further information, please contact Philip Simon at (570) 408-4437 or philip.simon@wilkes.edu.

Published On: 11/7/2013
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