Turning Point

A World Premiere Performance
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Acclaimed composer-pianist Dave Burrell returns to the Rosenbach to premiere seven original compositions commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Join us for this intimate performance inspired by Composer Dave Burrell’s research at the Rosenbach as an artist in residence.

Turning Point is the third in an annual series of five concerts that deliver complementary perspectives on the Civil War.

Click here to read a review of last year’s concert in Jazz Times.

This year, Mr. Burrell and trombonist Steve Swell will perform pieces based on critical moments in 1863: the Emancipation Proclamation, the Battle of Vicksburg, and the Battle of Gettysburg. Topics include:

  • The Emancipation Proclamation: A series of short pieces capture the realities of slavery and freedom in 1863. Two movements explore topics like the “fancy” slave trade in women and the paradox of freedom, while the other two movements contrast a celebratory church picnic with disease hitting a camp of escaped and freed slaves.
  • Vicksburg and Gettysburg give voice to the realities of fighting the war’s battles by contrasting the quick and furious fighting at Gettysburg with the drawn-out campaign of Vicksburg. These pieces feature the creative use of the trombone and piano to imitate sounds of battle, like horses and drums.

After each 60-minute concert, Mr. Burrell will be available to discuss his compositions and the ways in which he found inspiration in the Rosenbach’s collections.


This concert will also be performed on Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 1 pm and 7 pm.

Ticket Price

Note: all tickets are general seating

  • Non-members: $20 (includes museum admission)
  • Member guests and Students: $10 (includes museum admission)
  • Friend & Contributor-level Members: $10
  • Patron & Benefactor-level Members: Free

Reserve your tickets in advance!

Advance purchase is strongly recommended, as concerts typically sell out in advance. Call (215)732-1600, ext. 123 or e-mail rsvp [at] rosenbach [dot] org.

Members: even if your tickets are free, please register in advance so that we may reserve your seat.

Made possible by a grant from the Helen Keeler Burke Charitable Trust.

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