Iowa’s Muscatine Symphony to premiere “Lincoln Speaks of Liberty”

Posted on: November 2, 2018

“To celebrate the birthday of the United States Marine Corps, Marines everywhere cut a cake,” writes Meredith Ecklund in the Muscatine Journal (Iowa). “With the addition of music and symbolic performances, the Muscatine Symphony Orchestra will do the same [on November 10] to honor Marines and other veterans of the U.S. armed forces…. The birthday of the Marine Corps is the day before Veterans Day and Armistice Day, symbolizing the end of World War I, 100 years ago this year. [Conductor Brian] Dollinger, a veteran himself … said … heroism … comes from the battlefield but also through leadership, which is why he included composer David Stern’s piece ‘Lincoln Speaks of Liberty.’ … Says Dollinger, ‘Abraham Lincoln is someone who we can look back upon as a true hero of this country.’ … The world premiere … will feature actor Fritz Klein as the 16th president, reciting passages from famous speeches…. Symphony violinist and president of the Muscatine Symphony Board Carmen Bugay … is a naturalized citizen who came to the U.S. from Romania in the 1970s…. She said she knows what it’s like not to have freedoms. ‘I don’t take things for granted,’ she said.”

Posted November 2, 2018