TERRE HAUTE -- Through the magic of music, the Terre Haute Sinfonietta Pops Orchestra will recreate the time and place when Americans fought Americans in the Civil War.
Music was very important to the soldiers of the Civil War, both North and South. Music stirred patriotism in soldiers and civilians alike, but it also soothed their souls to the harsh realities and horrors of war.
"The Blue and the Gray," concert will be performed Sunday, Oct. 23, at 3 p.m., in the Hippodrome Theatre at the Scottish Rite Building at 8th and Ohio streets.
Music Director James Chesterson said the public should plan to arrive at the theatre about 30 minutes prior to the concert for a special musical treat. Five members of the orchestra brass section, Ron Dunbar and Steve Steppe on trumpet, Bill Heinrich on trombone, Nancy Gormong on Euphonium and Judy Hamilton on horn, will perform a pre-concert selection of music written during the era.
The playlist for the concert includes, "Shenandoah," a traditional folk song dating at least to the early 19th Century, a hauntingly beautiful melody that transcends both time and place and evokes a sense of loss and longing.
A total change of pace is the rousing, "The Great Locomotive Chase," a bold adventure on the part of the Union's soldiers to disrupt the 138-mile rail line connecting Atlanta and Chattanooga.
"Ashokan Farewell," composed by Jay Ungar in 1982, is the signature piece of Ken Burns' documentary of "The Civil War," and is played 25 times throughout the 11-hour series, including during the reading of Sullivan Ballou's letter to his wife in the first episode.
Chesterson will read Ballou's letter prior to the playing of the piece.
An immigrant from Vienna, Austria, in 1914, Maximilian Raoul Steiner made a name for himself, first on Broadway and later in Hollywood.
In 1939, he was borrowed from Warner Brothers to compose the score to "Gone With the Wind." The film and his score has been considered one of the best American films of all time. The orchestra will perform the "Tara" theme from the movie, one of the most romantic pieces ever written.
For more information, call the Terre Haute Sinfonietta at 812-535-6440.