To End All Wars: Songs of the First World War

125849-480x300On Wednesday, November 11, Farmington Libraries will host historian and musician Rick Spencer for a performance of tunes from the First World War. This event will take place at 7:00 p.m. at the Main Library, located at 6 Monteith Drive.

On June 28, 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary and his wife Sophie were assassinated. Scholars agree that this was the catalyst of the terrible conflict that claimed over 10 million lives and came to be called “The War to End All Wars.” The popular and folk songs of the First World War were patriotic and inspiring. Some were filled with pathos, describing tragedy, loss, fear and hope. Music tied the men on the battlefield to their families at home. It united people in their beliefs, and inspired those who left home and family to fight. To listen to the songs of the First World War is to hear the cultural history of the period brought vividly to life. “To End All Wars: Songs of the First World War” is a presentation of period songs, some well-known, others more obscure, along with a discussion of the issues, events and personalities of the War.

Rick Spencer is known internationally for his work as a historian, researcher, singer, songwriter and performer of music in the American folk tradition.

This event is free and open to the public. Please register in advance for this program by calling the library at 860-673-6791, using the online registration form, or visiting the Information Services desk. If you have special needs to attend library programs, contact the library in advance.

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