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Music & the Military in America
David Pook, speaker
Thursday, November 2
As long as there has been war, there has been music. Percussion has been used to communicate during battle, bagpipes to terrify the enemy, and the bugle to call men to arms. In America music has been used to serve all those military ends and more. Music has been an instrument of ideology as well as a means to bond soldiers together into an effective fighting mass. The values expressed in the South’s “Oh I’m a Good Old Rebel” are hard to reconcile with today’s outlook, but in its day it was as beloved as the North’s ideologically driven “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.” And music has also been used as an escape from war or to bind its wounds: how else to explain the popularity of Glenn Miller with the troops in England in WWII, or the enduring popularity of Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Goin’ On?” From the victorious opening strains of Beethoven’s Fifth to the WWI’s popular ditty “Keep the Home Fires Burning,” Thursday’s Bach’s Lunch will explore the myriad roles music has played during wartime.
David Pook is a high school and college level humanities teacher. He has his Master’s and doctorate from Indiana University, and his teaching awards include the American Star of Teaching from National Presidential Scholars Program. His recent projects include examining the history of popular culture in 20th century America and adding a fourth story and firepole to a treefort. David resides in Warner with his wife Elizabeth, daughters Beatrice and Imogen, and newborn son Leander.
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Much more than Bach, the series explores a range of musical topics and genres in informal, free, lunch-hour lectures and concerts the first and second Thursdays of each month, November through June.
Bach's Lunch lectures and concerts are held in the Recital Hall, 23 Wall Street, downtown Concord; they begin at 12:10 and conclude by 12:50 p.m. Bring your lunch - and your friends!
The Bach’s Lunch Series is sponsored by The Timothy and Abigail B. Walker Lecture Fund and The Couch Trusts; TD Wealth Management, NA; Trustee. For more information, call 603-228-1196 or visit www.ccmusicschool.org.
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