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SCA to stage a musical trip through the Civil War

The “Four Seasons” cast

SPRINGVILLE — The Springville Center for the Arts will present “Four Seasons, Four Years, A Musical Journey Through the Civil War,” on June 1.

A cast of musicians from across New York state will present American folk songs from 1850 – 1865. These include songs of that period, as well as pieces composed in response to the Civil War and the events leading up to it. The songs will be interspersed with historical narratives specific to New York state and the New York Volunteer Regiments.

The cast of singers and musicians include Greg Artzner, Dan Berggren, Betsy Fry, Steve Fry, Reggie Harris, Terry Leonino, John Roberts, Bill Spence, Toby Stover, Susan Trump and George Wilson. These musicians have joined forces, to present this show, in recognition of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

The presentation will include spirituals, shape-note hymns, marching songs, sentimental songs and songs and parodies written by writers such as Stephen Foster, George F. Root, the Hutchinson Family and Henry C. Work. The production has been produced, compiled and directed by Old Songs Inc. Executive Director Andy Spence, in collaboration with the musicians.

The performance will take place on June 1 at 7 p.m. at the Carol Mongerson Theater at the Springville Center for the Arts, located at 37 North Buffalo St. in Springville. Tickets may be purchased online at www.springvillearts.org, or by calling 592-9038.

The performers will join the Reynolds Battery of re-enactors at a Civil War Encampment at 7 p.m. on May 31 at Fiddlers Green Park. This event will be presented as part of the annual WNY Dairy/Agricultural Festival and the New York State Paths Through History weekend.

This event is part of the New York State Presenters Network Presenter-Artist Partnership Project, which was made possible through a re-grant from the New York State Council on the Arts, a New York state agency with the support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
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