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The Battle Cry of Freedom: Music of the American Civil War

July 30, 2018 @ 8:00 pm

Preservation New Jersey is pleased to present The Battle Cry of Freedom: Music of the American Civil War, featuring Katie Weber, Mezzo Soprano and Cristina Dinella, Piano in the historic 1867 Sanctuary.
Battle Cry of Freedom: Music of the American Civil War is a concert of songs written during, and for the greatest divide in our country’s history. Join as Cristina Dinella and Katherine Anne Weber perform songs including Just Before the Battle Mother, Bacon and GreensWings and Liberty, and Swing Low Sweet Chariot.

A quote from the confederate general Robert E. Lee gives us context to how important music was to the war: “Without music there would be no army.” From the the battle field came music written to rouse an army, tell of fallen soldiers, and rouse moral. All the while, from a different battlefield, African slaves, both freed and shackled, fought their masters. Rebelling with spirituals, they used their music to fight a war of prejudice that is still fought today.

The music of this time is full of tears, laughter, and hope. Come journey through the music that came out of the bloodiest, and most worth while war for the freedom of all people.

Cristina Dinella
Cristina Dinella

Cristina Dinella, pianist is currently based in Atlanta, where she serves at Resident Music Director and Interim Instructor in Musical Theatre at Kennesaw State University. Favorite credits include Peter and the Starcatcher (Cape Rep Theatre), The Bremen Town Musicians “Opera to Go” (Opera Saratoga) and Vocal supervisor for Defendant Maurice Chevalier (Off Broadway) She is the composer for Summer’s Child, an original musical which was performed in NY in January 2017.

Cristina is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music, and is pursuing her Master of Music degree in Piano Performance at Georgia State University. When not otherwise occupied with pianist and musical director duties, Ms. Dinella is an avid writer of silly songs, which detail mundane observations of daily life.

Katherine Anne Weber
Katherine Anne Weber

Mezzo Soprano Katherine Anne Weber has been described as a dynamic and moving performer, with a commitment to text, musicality, and communication through music. “Weber possesses a formidable instrument, with a highly melodious but penetrating timbre.”

Katherine made her Off-Broadway Debut in Sweetee A New Musical directed by Emmy Award Winner Pat Birch at the Signature Theater. Other New York productions include Icons/Idols at Opera America and the New Ohio Theater, and Henry Box Brown and The Dizzy Gillespie Theater. She made her Syracuse Symphony (Symphoria) debut performing Handel’s Messiah last fall, and was a soloist in Tucson for True Concord singing Bernstein’s Mass.

Katherine has a Bachelors in both Vocal Performance and Music Education from the Eastman School of Music. She is a proud member of the Actors Equity Association.

With a love and passion for both performing and teaching, she is an emerging artist blazing a path through several genres of performing arts.

To Purchase Tickets

  • $20 for General Admission
  • $15 for Friends of the Sanctuary
  • $5 for School and College students with ID
  • $15 per person for Groups of 10 or more**

Tickets can be purchased online or reserved at the box office for payment by cash, check or credit card by calling 609-392-6409 or emailing 1867sanctuary@preservationnj.org. Tickets may also be purchased at the door as space allows. (Sorry – we don’t mail tickets. Tickets will be held at the box office and a receipt will be emailed from PayPal if purchased online.)

**GROUP RATES (10 or more people). Group rates apply only to advance online sales and must be purchased in quantities of 10 or more within a single purchase. Group rate tickets cannot be purchased at the box office prior to the concert.

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July 30, 2018
8:00 pm
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1867 Sanctuary at Ewing
101 Scotch Road + Google Map