Author: Rachel Meier
Date: September 10, 2012
Categories: Community|Impact|Music

  The Houghton College Philharmonia and College Choir, with special guests from the Alfred University Music Department, are privileged to perform The 1812 Overture during the 5th annual Civil War reenactment in Angelica, N.Y. The concert will culminate the weekend-long event on Sunday, September 23, 2012, beginning at 2:30 p.m. For schedule of events, please visit .

Church bells, ancient cannons, and orchestral instruments will be combined in a timeless piece of music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. It, as well as other patriotic and time period music, will make up the musical program performed by Houghton College ensembles and friends.

The Civil War Weekend began as a program for the Allegheny Highlands Council Boy Scout Camp. Five years ago, it became a full-fledged reenactment and today thousands of visitors continue to attend and experience history coming alive. Always expanding, this year’s event will finish with a bang as the cannons go off during the performance of the famous 1812 Overture.

Tchaikovsky composed this piece of music for the 1882 Moscow exhibition, in celebration of Russia’s victory over France during the French Invasion of 1812. The cannons and church bells used at the end of the piece celebrate the victory of the Russians, who burned their own city to the ground to be victorious. This particular performance of the piece commemorates the 200th anniversary of Napoleon’s retreat from Russia.

Houghton College continues its involvement in the surrounding community by co-sponsoring the event with the Allegany County Chamber of Commerce and Time-Warner Cable. The concert will be performed in the circle of churches in Angelica, with the ringing of church bells from the belfries and cannons heard in the background. In the case of inclement weather, the concert will be held inside.