WAUKESHA, WIS. — Fifty years ago, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy changed history and the nation. A tribute to the man and his memory will be on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, at Carroll University.
The Wind Symphony will present “In Memoriam: JFK 50th Anniversary Concert,” conducted by Lawrence Dale Harper, professor of music. The performance will be at 8 p.m. in Shattuck Music Center, 218 N. East Ave., Waukesha. This event is free and open to the public.
The evening includes the world premiere performance of “…and we are all mortal,” commissioned by the Wind Symphony and composed by former music instructor Keith Carpenter. The title comes from a speech Kennedy gave at American University, in which he said:
And if we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity. For, in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future. And we are all mortal.
June 10, 1963
Another concert highlight will be the performance of the “Elegy for a Young American” by American composer Ronald LoPresti. This beautifully intense and somber meditation will be accompanied by a moving slideshow that illuminates the life and funeral of JFK. The piece was written in 1964 and is dedicated to the memory of President John F. Kennedy.
“As Twilight Fades” was composed by Rick Kirby, instructor of music and former Waukesha band director. This is only the second performance of his work. The piece mixes popular, jazz and world music influences to arrive at an engaging and nostalgic look at the Kennedy years and the passing of what critics have called the “Camelot” era.
The concert concludes with the ever-popular “Lincoln Portrait” by America’s great composer, Aaron Copland. Historians have often pointed to the uncanny connections between Kennedy and President Abraham Lincoln. Both men were killed while in office by gunshots to the head, both played a large role in bringing about humanitarian change for the country, especially concerning civil rights. During this portion of the concert, professional actor John Kishline will narrate some of Lincoln’s immortal words.
For more information, contact the Music Office at 262.524.7182 or firstname.lastname@example.org.