The School of Performing Arts remembers the Great War through music

Music

February 15, 2017

The Virginia Tech School of Performing Arts remembers the Great War through music as it celebrates the history and sacrifice of the gallant men and women who gave their lives through two "Music on Mondays" performances.

On Feb. 27, "On the Eve of the Great War" will showcase the talents of visiting artist Wesley Baldwin on cello and Virginia Tech faculty member Tracy Cowden on piano. On April 17, "The Land of Lost Content: The Great War in Song" will feature faculty members Brian Thorsett, tenor, and pianist Richard Masters. Both performances are at 7:30 p.m. in the Squires Recital Salon. 

The global conflict led to the creation of some of the world's most memorable and remarkable compositions. While the Allies faced off against the Central Powers, great composers such as Sergei Rachmaninoff, Claude Debussy, Anton Webern, and Zoltán Kodály were composing some of the most beautiful music ever written. These composers were touched by the war in deep ways, which resonates in their stunning and powerful compositions. 

The recitals occur at the same time as the Virginia Tech Department of History and University Libraries are collaborating on the VPI in World War One project. This project celebrates the memories and legacies of graduates from Virginia Tech who fought bravely in the Great War. The VPI World War One project includes electronic exhibits, photographs, biographical information, and archives of the Virginia Tech Bugle dating from 1910 through 1919. The VPI in World War One project can also be found on twitter at @VPI_WWI

It has been almost one hundred years since World War I ended. One of the deadliest conflicts in history, WWI led to major political changes and global revolutions. The Great War mobilized more than 70 million military personnel and involved the great economic powers of the world. The Allies, which included the Russian Empire, the French Third Republic, and the United Kingdom of Great Britain, fought against the Central Powers of Germany and Austria-Hungary. The alliances were reorganized and expanded as additional countries joined the war including Italy, Japan, and the United States, who sided with the Allied Forces, and the Ottoman Empire and Bulgaria who joined the Central Powers. The Great War lead to more than 38 million casualties, ranking it one of the deadliest conflicts in human history. Of that number, 7 million are estimated to be civilian casualties.

The School of Performing Arts remembers the Great War and celebrates the history and sacrifice of the gallant men and women who gave their lives in these two unique performances. 

"On the Eve of the Great War" is presented with support from a gift to the School of Performing Arts by Dr. Robert and Mrs. Beverly Williges. 

Tickets and parking

Tickets for "On the Eve of the Great War" are $15 general, $12 senior, and $7 student, and may be purchased online, at the Squires Centers and Activitites Ticket Office on the first floor of Squires Student Center, or by calling 540-231-5615. Tickets will also be available at the Squires tivcket office beginning one hour prior to the performance. 

Admission to "The Land of Lost Content: The Great War in Song" is free.

The Squires Student Center is located at 290 College Ave. on the campus of Virginia Tech. Parking is available in the Squires lot located at the corned of College Ave. and Otey St. and the North End Parking Garage on Turner Street. Limited Street parking is also available.

Free parking is available on weekends and after 5 p.m. weekdays in the Squires Lot, located at the corner of College Avenue and Otey Streets, in the Architecture Annex Lot on Otey Street, and the Perry Street/Prices Fork lots. Find more parking information online or call 540-231-3200. 

If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation, please contact Susan Sanders at 540-231-5200 or email susansan@vt.edu during regular business hours at least eight business days prior to the event.

Written by Willie Caldwell, a graduate student studying arts leadership and higher education at Virginia Tech. 

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