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Johnnies, Tommies, and Sammies: Music and the World War I Alliance, April 9

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The Illinois State University School of Music will present Johnnies, Tommies, and Sammies: Music and the World War I Alliance at 3 p.m. on Sunday April 9, at the University Galleries in Uptown Normal.

Musicologists Christina Bashford of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, William Brooks of University of York, England, and Gayle Sherwood Magee of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will be joined by musicians Geoffrey Duce of Illinois State University, Laurie Matheson of University of Illinois Press, and Justin Vickers of Illinois State University to explore the contributions of popular songs from the United States, Canada, and Britain to the Allies of World War I.

The lecture-recital is the story of the creation of the Allied cultural identity from the distinct contributions of each country and features the music of Francesco Paolo Tosti, Ivor Gurney, Joseph Woodruff, Harry Andrieu, Frank E. Tours, and Charles Ives.

Presented in association with the American Musicological Society and with the Library of Congress exhibitions, “World War I: American Artists View the Great War” and “Echoes of the Great War: American Experiences of World War I,” Sunday’s event is one of several that will take place leading up to the group’s lecture-recital performance presentation at the Library of Congress as part of the Concerts from the Library of Congress Series.

This event is free and open to the public. University Galleries is located at Uptown Station at the corner of Beaufort and Broadway streets. Parking is available in the deck directly above, and is free for the first hour and after 5:01 p.m.