Hamilton College Performing Arts presents Anonymous 4 and Bruce Molsky in 1865: Songs of Hope and Home from the American Civil War on Saturday, Feb. 28, at 7:30 p.m., in Wellin Hall, Schambach Center.
Renowned for their unearthly vocal blend and virtuosic ensemble singing, the four women of Anonymous 4 combine historical scholarship with contemporary performance intuition to create their signature sound. After 30 years of touring and over 20 recordings, the group’s last effort is 1865: Songs of Hope and Home from the American Civil War. Joining Anonymous 4 for this project is renowned old-time fiddler, master banjo and guitar player and vocalist Bruce Molsky. ?
1865 relates the personal experience of men, women, and children from the North and from the South, toward the end of the Civil War and in its immediate aftermath -- as told in songs originally written for the stage and for the parlor, and in songs and instrumental tunes from the hills and back roads of America.
Whatever their origins or history or musical style, the songs that were most popular in the year 1865 are the stylized, versified “stories” preferred by those who lived through “This Cruel War.” They describe the cause and the call to fight; the agony of separation of lovers or of mothers and sons; the hopes, fears, and sacrifices of those who remained at home during the long wait for news of loved ones; the experiences of the soldiers themselves -- especially their desperate longing for home and family; homecoming for those who survived; grief for those who did not; and the hope for reconciliation amidst a troubled peace.
Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for senior citizens and Hamilton employees, and $5 for students. All seating is general admission. For more information call the box office at 859-4331 or visit www.hamilton.edu.