Concert association to present ‘Songs of the Civil War’
By Marlene Robershaw
In celebration of the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War, the Ramona Concert Association will present “Songs of the Civil War,” a solo musical production starring Operatic Tenor Robert Trentham, on Saturday, Nov. 19.
Trentham presents the songs that inspired and comforted a divided nation during the Civil War. His production was inspired by the lives and events of his ancestors who lived and died during the American Civil War. Familiar tunes such as “Steal Away,” “Goober Peas,” “Dixie’s Land” and “Battle Hymn of the Republic” are brought together with the heartfelt words of statesmen, journalists, soldiers and citizens of that day.
He has performed with theater and opera companies throughout the United States and has sung as a soloist at the finest concert halls, including the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall and the Philadelphia Academy of Music.
In addition, he has sung with regional theater and opera companies throughout the country, including the Santa Fe Opera, Lake George Opera Theatre, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Light Opera Works of Chicago, Center for Contemporary Opera, New York Opera Ensemble, American Chamber Opera, and New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players.
His Civil War CD recording, “Epitaph,” is sold at the Gettysburg National Military Park.
In conjuction with performances, Trentham and his pianist conduct master classes at colleges and universities.
Glowing reviews from the New York Times, Chicago Tribune and many other publications include “the music performed by Trentham is grandiose and powerful, ranging from deep and sorrowful, smooth and ardent to lighthearted.”
The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Charles R. Nunn Performing Art Center at Olive Peirce Middle School, 1521 Hanson Lane. Doors open at 7 p.m. for seating.
This is the second concert of the Ramona Concert Association’s 2011-12 season. For non-members, cost of the single performance is $15 for adults and $5 for children and students.
For those interested in joining the association for the remaining four concerts, the prorated season membership will be $20 for adults, $10 children, and $44 for families. For more information, call 760-789-7474 or 760-788-0434, or email Ramonaconcerts@cox.net.
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