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The Kent State University Museum to Host Concert Featuring Civil War Music

Posted Mar. 27, 2012

The Kent State University Museum presents "Mother, is the Battle Over?" at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 15 in Murphy Auditorium in Rockwell Hall in the Museum building located at 515 Hilltop Drive, at the corner of E. Main and S. Lincoln Streets, in Kent, Ohio, 44242. This event is free and open to the public.

Sumner Barton FamilyThe program will feature songs of the Civil War, melodies that are familiar to audiences today as well as songs shared by Union and Confederate soldiers. It is believed that soldiers sang these songs as they waited for battle and by families that waited for their loved ones to return. Performers include Kent State University undergraduate music majors and area instrumentalists.

"In choosing the selections for this program, it was very important that the music complement the Museum exhibit. For this reason, one group of songs illustrates various aspects of the war on the home front," said Richard Devore, associate professor of music. "Other sections of the program showcase favorite patriotic songs from both sides."

Repertoire will include old patriotic songs from both sides, songs that depict daily life on the home front as well as in battle and familiar period songs that have changed lyrically over time. Portable instruments typical of the time will accompany some songs, and certain selections will include both vocal soloists and SATB vocal quartet in a style made popular in the mid-nineteenth century. The following list of songs will be included during the concert:

• "The Faded Grey Jacket"

• "Dixie's Land"

• "The Battle Hymn of the Republic

• "Goober Peas"

• "Tenting on the Old Camp Ground"

The museum is open to the public Weds., Fri. and Sat. from 10 a.m.-4:45 p.m.; Thurs. from 10 a.m.-8:45 p.m.; Sun. from Noon-4:45 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $3 for children under 18. The museum is free with a Kent ID, free to the public on Sundays and offers free parking. For more information call 330-672-3450 or visit