“Remembering 1865, The Civil War’s End in Arts and Music,” is a progressive, immersive commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the end of the American Civil War. Spearheaded by Elkhart Civic Theatre and the Elkhart County Symphony, the series kicks off with the Symphony’s February 15 concert, which combines symphonic music of and about the Civil War with dramatic readings of love letters from the period by Elkhart Civic Theatre, and a performance by the Conservatory of Dance.
The Civil War will also be featured in film presentations by Goshen Art House and a concert of Civil War era music by the Elkhart Municipal Band. The Midwest Museum of American Art will have displays of Civil War images and artifacts, and the Elkhart County Historical Museum will have exhibits at its location as well as at the Bristol Opera House during April.
Elkhart Civic Theatre will have three related productions between now and June, including a staged reading of “Row After Row,” a play concerning two Civil War re-enactors and a two weekend run of Stephen Sondheim’s dark musical “Assassins,” about presidential assassins and would-be assassins. In June, ECT at the Bristol Opera House is hosting “Heartland: The Civil War,” a new work created by Lifetime Education And Research Network, Inc. (LEARN) and The Acting Ensemble, a play which explores local historical figures and their roles in the war, leading up to the construction of Elkhart’s Stone River monument in 1899.
According to Dave Dufour, Executive Director of Elkhart Civic Theatre, “The Civil War is of perpetual interest, not only as a historical event, but as a unique cultural moment in American history, and I’m pleased we have been able to involve so many local organizations in this progressive musical and artistic experience. The timing of the series coincides with the 150th anniversary of the war’s end, when America ended a terrible conflict and began to re-form into the country we know today.”
Following is the schedule for events during the commemoration:
- The Civil War: Words, Music and Motion, February 15 2015 4:00 PM at The Lerner. Elkhart County Symphony with Elkhart Civic Theatre and the Conservatory of Dance
Expressions of love through music, letters from the battlefield and dance during the Civil War. Information and tickets at TheLerner.com.
- Civil War Film Presentations, March 13 – 15, 2015 Goshen Art House. Information and tickets at 574-538-2434 or gah.mobi.
- The Civil War in Pictures, March 22- 29, 2015, Midwest Museum of American Art. Exhibit of Civil War era photographs and other artifacts. midwestmuseum.us.
- Stephen Sondheim’s “Assassins”, April 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19 2015 Friday/Saturday 7:30 pm, Sunday 3:00 pm. Elkhart Civic Theatre at the Bristol Opera House. Dark Tony Award-winning Musical. Get tickets at ElkhartCivicTheatre.org or call 848-4116.
- “Row After Row” by Jessica Dickey, April 14, 2015 7:30 pm at Bristol’s Old General Store. Elkhart Civic Theatre’s Second Stage. Staged reading of this outstanding play about Civil War re-enactors. Get tickets at ElkhartCivicTheatre.org or call 848-4116 weekday afternoons.
- Civil War Commemorative Concert, April 19, 2015 at 2:30 pm at The Lerner. Elkhart Municipal Band. Musical commemoration of the Civil War. Information and tickets at TheLerner.com
- Heartland: The Civil War, June 26 and 27 at 7:30 pm at The Bristol Opera House. Lifetime Education And Research Network, Inc. (LEARN) with assistance from The Acting Ensemble. actingensemble.com. A play about the lives of ten area residents; from the Civil War to the construction of Elkhart’s Civil War monument in 1889. Get tickets at ElkhartCivicTheatre.org or call 574-848-4116 weekday afternoons.
- The Elkhart County Historical Museum will have special exhibits at the Museum and during performances at The Bristol Opera House in April of 2015.
- Tickets and further information for all events can be obtained from the individual organizations involved.