Civil War Music Marches into Madison for Sesquicentennial

(Earlville, Peterboro, NY – June 2012) Opportunities for families to join the observance of the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War through music abound in Madison County in June. On Friday, June 8, at 7:30 p.m., at the Earlville Opera House 1892 Theatre on Main Street in Earlville, 11 New York musicians who have formed a performance ensemble for the four years of the Civil War Sesquicentennial will present Four Seasons, Four Years ~ the Civil War: a Musical Journey.

On Saturday, June 9, at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., the 77th NY Regimental Balladeers return to Peterboro for the annual Civil War Weekend to perform at the encampment on the green. At 8 p.m. at the Smithfield Community Center in Peterboro, the Balladeers will present Hard Times Come Again No More: America’s Heart Songs, a special concert featuring Aaron Copland’s 1942 “Lincoln Portrait” to commemorate the drafting of Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation in 1862.

Sunday, June 10 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., Merry Mischief provides a concert Songs of the Civil War for, primarily, the youth audience. Between programs, the musicians will stroll about the Civil War reenactment playing among the visitors.

The use of Taps to signal the end of the soldier’s day began in 1862 with Union Brigadier General Butterfield’s composition and command. In recognition of this event 150 years ago, the Civil War Weekend will end with a brief program on the history and myths of Taps by Cheryl Pula, secretary of the Daniel Butterfield Civil War Round Table, followed by an echo performance of Taps by Brad and Greg Smalley of Morrisville.

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