Evening to commemorate Civil War at Opera House
AINSWORTH — Red Cedar Chamber Music and the Ainsworth Opera House will present "Seven Score and Ten" at the Opera House, 284 Railroad St., at 6 p.m. Feb. 21.
Red Cedar Chamber Music flutist Jan Boland and guitarist John Dowdall will be joined by historian Michael Zahs to commemorate the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War with 19th-century American music that inspired the troops, supported the war effort and entertained those at home. Zahs will read excerpts from his collection of Civil War letters.
"Seven Score and Ten" will be performed on instruments from the period. A meal will be served before the concert made from food referenced in the letters. There will be a display of Civil War-period artifacts in the Opera House.
The concert features poignant ballads — "Aura Lee" and Stephen Foster's "Gentle Annie" — lively dance tunes such as "The Cruel War Quickstep," battle-inspired melodies like "Sherman's March to the Sea," fife calls that led the troops into battle and tunes sang by both North and South — the "Auld Lang Syne."
Reservations are needed by Feb. 18, for the meal. Call Michael Zahs at 319-653-6250 for more information or meal reservations. Reservations are not needed to attend the concert only.