Festival concert will recall Civil War

July 25, 2014

The Fairfax Symphony Orchestra  will present a premier Civil War concert at the annual Shenandoah Valley Music Festival  held in Orkney Springs, Va., on Saturday at 8 p.m. The history and music salute was inspired by the Civil War’s sesquicentennial and the concert’s location in the midst of the numerous battlefields of the Shenandoah Valley, according to the orchestra’s pop conductor, Luke Frazier.

According to a newspaper interview, Frazier said the show was inspired by the war’s history, including the Battle of Gettysburg and the Gettysburg Address. He said he has interlaced letters from Union and Confederate soldiers into the presentation.

Some of the period songs include “Battle Cry of Freedom,” “Oh Shenandoah,” “Jacob’s ladder,” “Tenting on the Old Campgrounds,” and “Old Folks at Home.” The concert will end with the “Battle Hymn of the Republic.”

Tickets for the concert range in price from $34 to $39 for pavilion seating and $29 for lawn seating, with those under age 18 paying $10.

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