Walker's Sounds of Lincoln to debut at Gettysburg

College of Idaho music professor and jazz director Rob Walker has written a new work for concert band titled “Sounds of Lincoln” in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. The piece will debut in concert on Sunday, Nov. 24, at Wilkes University in Pennsylvania. The work, dedicated to the Wilkes University Civic Band's celebration of the 150th Anniversary, uses an authentic collection of musical themes written during the time of Lincoln that have a direct connection to his life and death.  

“I researched the actual music that was associated with Lincoln including his campaign songs, election music, music from the Civil War and his funeral,” Walker said.

Much of the music research came from the Alfred Whital Stern Collection of rare books and Special Collections Division at the Library of Congress.

Walker is the director of instrumental jazz and applied trumpet at the C of I. He recently was awarded the 2013 ASCAP Plus Award by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers in recognition his compositions for concert bands and orchestra. His composing credits in film and television include Easy A, Whip It, High School Musical III, Cold Case, Friday Night Lights and The O.C. As a trumpet player, Walker has worked with renowned artists such as Natalie Cole, Ray Charles, the Temptations, the Supremes and Moody Blues. Walker is a member of the American Composers Forum, International Trumpet Guild and ASCAP. He currently hosts his own jazz radio show on Boise State Public Radio, Jazz Conversations with Rob Walker.

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