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Listening to Lincoln with Dave Burrell A World Premiere Performance - April 10
(Published: March 26, 2014)

The Rosenbach is pleased to present Musician-in-Residence and acclaimed composer-pianist Dave Burrell's premiere of three original compositions commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

Burrell has taken a new creative approach in developing Listening to Lincoln, fusing opera, jazz, and improvisations. Soprano Veronica Chapman-Smith will perform the original librettos Requiem For the Fallen at Fort Pillow parts 1 and 2, and the title piece Listening to Lincoln. The concert will conclude with the solo piano piece One Nation.

In the spring of 2013, Dave Burrell and poet Monika Larsson spent time with Rosenbach staff, researching and discussing our Civil War collections. Both artists were inspired by the manuscript of Lincoln's Address at Baltimore given on April 18, 1864, and have focused on the content of Lincoln's speech and their vision of his audience to create the emotional epicenter of the work. Larsson spent the summer writing the poems which became the libretto, and Burrell set the poems to music.

After each 60-minute concert, Mr. Burrell will be available to discuss his compositions and the ways in which he found inspiration in the Rosenbach's collections.

Listening to Lincoln is the forth in a series of five concerts that interpret historic events throughout the Civil War with contemporary music. To learn more about the project visit the exhibition, Four Scores on 150 Years Ago: Dave Burrell's Civil War Concerts on view at the Rosenbach from April 2nd through May 25th. Or click here to view the artist projects page.

This concert will also be performed on Saturday, April 12, at 7 pm.

Ticket Price
All tickets are general seating

Non-members: $20 (includes museum admission)
Members guests and Students: $10 (includes museum admission)
Friend & Contributor-level Members:$10
Patron & Benefactor-level Members:Free
Reserve your tickets in advance!
Advance purchase is strongly recommended, as concerts typically sell out in advance. Call (215)732-1600, ext. 123 or e-mail rsvp@rosenbach.org.

Members: even if your tickets are free, please register in advance so that we may reserve your seat.

Made possible by a grant from the Helen Keeler Burke Charitable Trust.

More Information: https://rosenbach.org/learn/events/listening-lincoln

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