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Memorial in Song with John Brancy and Peter Dugan, Mon 5/30 @ 3pm

Baritone John Brancy stands in the crook of the piano & pianist Peter Dugan on the bench
https://www.wfmt.com/2022/05/29/memorial-in-song-with-john-brancy-and-peter-dugan/

This special program for Memorial Day honors those whose lives have been changed by war, and includes songs written by composers and poets who were soldiers themselves.

Co-hosted and performed by baritone John Brancy and Peter Dugan, pianist and host of NPR’s From the Top, with testimonials from cultural historians and war veterans, the program is inspired by World War I that explores the timeless themes of longing, loss, love, and the search for peace in the wake of war:

  • “When the Boys Come Home” by Oley Speaks (1874-1948)
  • “Youth and Love” from Songs of Travel by Ralph Vaughan Williams* (1872-1958)
  • “The Lads in Their Hundreds” from A Shropshire Lad by George Butterworth* (1885-1916)
  • “Keep the Homefires Burning” by Igor Novello* arr. Dugan/Brancy
  • “My Buddy” by Walter Donaldson (1893-1947) arr. Dugan/Brancy
  • “God Be with Our Boys Tonight” by Wilfred Sanderson (1878-1935)
  • Toccata from Le Tombeau de Couperin by Maurice Ravel* (1875-1937)
  • “Noel des enfants qui n’ont plus de maisons” by Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
  • “Tom Sails Away” by Charles Ives (1874-1954)
  • “In Flanders Fields” by Leonardo Dugan (b. 1980)
  • “Spring Waters” by Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
  • “Goodbye France” by Irving Berlin* (1888-1989)
  • “I Have Trod the Upward and the Downward Slope” from Songs of Travel by Vaughan Williams
  • Danny Boy Traditional, arr. Dugan/Brancy
  • *indicates a composer who served in WWI