Saddest Music Multimedia Print
Lectures

This popular program is for music groups, music students, orchestras, chamber music societies, library programs, and general audiences.

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Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings is America’s great secular hymn, an icon for our national soul. Written in 1936, Barber’s elegy has been used to memorialize the deaths of Presidents Franklin Roosevelt and John Kennedy, honor the victims of 9/11, and grieve the tragedy of the Vietnam War in the film Platoon, 1986’s best picture.

Join author and essayist Thomas Larson for his multimedia presentation of the Adagio’s musical and cultural history in sound, video, image, and text. Mr. Larson will also discuss the emotional power of music, answer questions, and sign copies of his book.

Mr. Larson has presented his "Saddest Music" multimedia program at some forty venues across the country. Seven of these programs opened with performances of Barber's "Adagio" by string quartets or by symphony orchestras.

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References for the 50-minute program include violinist Todd Sullivan This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and WOSU classical music host and blogger Jennifer Hambrick This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .