Songs of World War I with The History Singers

October 19th, 2017, 7:00pm to 8:30pm
The years 2017-2018 will mark the centennial of America's relatively brief but highly influential involvement in the cataclysmic First World War. Woodrow Wilson's 1916 presidential campaign slogan had been "He kept us out of the war" but when German actions became too much to ignore, the United States joined the Allies on April 6, 1917. Music then became a major impetus in whipping up patriotic support to send young men and women "over there." Our program includes the most influential of these American songs, plus borrowed British songs from earlier in the war, sung both by the troops and on the home front. Also included are songs created by a young Irving Berlin for his popular military-themed 1918 musical, Yip Yip Yaphank.
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