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History and Music (Dallas)

March 25, 2017 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Join us on Saturday, March 25th, as we present a morning of History and Music at the Dallas Public Library. 
DALLAS MORNING NEWS INTRO: 9:00 - 9:10

schedule

9:10 AM - 10:40 AM
Five Turning Points That Changed American History

Edward O'Donnell / Holy Cross College

In the relatively short history of the United States, there have been many turning points and landmark movements that irrevocably altered the direction of the nation and signaled the dramatic start of a new historical reality. Some took the form of groundbreaking political and philosophical concepts; some were dramatic military victories and defeats. Still others were nationwide social and religious movements, or technological and scientific innovations.

What all of these turning points had in common, is that they forever changed the character of America. Sometimes the changes brought about by these events were obvious; sometimes they were more subtle. Sometimes the effects of these turning points were immediate; other times, their aftershocks reverberated for decades. Regardless, these great historical turning points demand to be understood.

Edward O'Donnell / Holy Cross College
Edward O'Donnell is a Professor of History at Holy Cross College. He is the author of several books, including "Henry George and the Crisis of Inequality: Progress and Poverty in the Gilded Age America." During his years in New York City, Professor O'Donnell led more than 1,200 walking tours through New York City's neighborhoods. He has be featured on PBS, the History Channel, the Discovery Channel, C-Span, and ABC World News Now, among others. He has curated several major museum exhibits on American history and appeared in several historical documentaries.

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Four Musical Masterpieces That Every Music Lover Should Hear

Orin Grossman / Fairfield University

In this class, Professor Grossman will present three remarkable musical works from the same period, by musicians young and old, at the peak of their composing careers. All three share energy and passion of youth, and the excitement of ushering in or extending a new musical era. And yet these compositions could not be more different than if they had been written hundreds of years apart. Individually, they each speak to us about the power of musical expression; together they illustrate how many ways music can excite the imagination.

The four compositions are: 1) Ludwig van Beethoven, Fifth Symphony, 2) Frederic Chopin, Ballade #1 for Piano, and 3) Professor Grossman's acclaimed version of George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue (which he has performed all around the world!) and a 4th special composition chosen especially for the Dallas audience.

Orin Grossman / Fairfield University
Orin Grossman is renowned internationally for his knowledge of music. He lectures and performs concerts throughout the US and Europe, he teaches Performing Arts at Fairfield University, and has served as the University's Academic Vice President. Professor Grossman has been particularly associated with the music of George Gershwin, performing concerts of his song transcriptions and classical pieces to critical praise around the world, including performances in Cairo and New York. Professor Grossman was also chosen to play for the New York City Mayor's Awards of Honor for Arts and Culture.

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