Portraits of Civil War Heroes
This program took place in January 2011. For information on current programs, please click here.
Steinway Artist, famed jazz pianist, and Rosenbach Musician-in-Residence Dave Burrell returns to the Rosenbach to perform Portraits of Civil War Heroes, a suite of ﬁve new compositions commissioned by the Rosenbach and inspired by the museum’s extraordinary collection of Civil War materials. Burrell will perform and discuss his new works, which focus on some of the prominent ﬁgures from the early days of the Civil War, including John Brown, Elmer Ellsworth, Ulysses S. Grant, and Robert E. Lee.
Dave Burrell is a distinguished composer-pianist of singular stature on the contemporary international music scene. His active performance schedule includes jazz festivals in America and Europe, including the Le Mans Jazz Festival. Over the last thirty years, Burrell has performed on over 115 recordings, 30 under his own name. He has lectured at dozens of conservatories and universities, including the Strasbourg Conservatory, Tremblay Conservatory (Paris), Conservatoire Municipal (Paris), Guildhall School of Music and Dance (London), New York University, Columbia University, and many others. He has received numerous awards, including the John Garcia Gensel Award and the Pew Fellowship in Jazz Composition. He holds degrees from the University of Hawaii and the Berklee College of Music.
Below is a short interview with Mr. Burrell discussing his compostion John Brown: Death.