published Friday, March 4th, 2011

Boys Choir, Bobby Horton in concert of Civil War music

An acclaimed music historian will join the Chattanooga Boys Choir to present a program of Civil War-era music today, the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s inauguration.

Recording artist Bobby Horton, who contributed to Ken Burns’ “The Civil War” documentary, will perform with the choir in the Baylor School Alumni Chapel. He also will perform several songs on his own while providing historical context and stories of the battles and conditions that inspired the music.

Born and raised in Birmingham, Ala., Horton is widely recognized as one of the country’s leading authorities on music of the Civil War. Horton was researching music of the mid-19th century for a feature-film score when he uncovered thousands of tunes from the time period. He set about recording what has become 14 volumes of authentic Civil War tunes in his home studio, playing all of the period instruments and singing all the parts himself.

That musical immersion led to the opportunity to produce and perform music scores for 10 PBS films by Burns, two films for the A&E Network and 16 films for the National Park Service.

Among the familiar songs included in the program will be “When Johnny Comes Marching Home” “Bonnie Blue Flag” “Waitin’ for the Dawn of Peace” and the “Battle Hymn of the Republic.”

Other songs with significant regional appeal include “Battle Above the Clouds” “Battle of Shiloh Hill” and “Cumberland Gap.”

“I tell the stories of the people involved in the conflict,” Horton said in a news release. “Confederate or Union. North or South. These songs are about the human experience under the most extraordinary of circumstances.”

The concert will begin after an interactive discussion with Horton at 6:45 p.m. in Baylor’s Old Chapel.

IF YOU GO

* What: “Music of the Civil War” with Bobby Horton and Chattanooga Boys Choir.

* When: 7:30 p.m. today; preconcert discussion with Horton starts at 6:30 p.m.

* Where: Baylor School Alumni Chapel, 171 Baylor School; preconcert discussion in Old Chapel on campus.

* Admission: Free.

* Phone: 634-2299.

* Website: www.chattanoogaboyschoir.org

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