Music, Art, History Converge in ‘Music and the Civil War’ Event

COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Music, artwork and history narration converge as Columbus State University presents “Music and the Civil War,” a concert event at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 10 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall.

Civil War DrummersThe CSU Percussion Ensemble, directed by Schwob School of Music professor Paul Vaillancourt, is featured in this concert, which is part of the Chattahoochee Valley Sesquicentennial Commemoration of the Civil War and co-sponsored by the Columbus Museum.

CSU’s departments of art, and history and geography, are collaborating in the presentation.

The concert will feature period fife and drum music, and CSU history professor Gary Sprayberry will speak between musical selections. “I plan to talk about the daily lives and struggles of Union and Confederate soldiers, the importance of music during the Civil War,” he said. “Finally, I'll discuss the legacy of the conflict – what did, and what does, it mean?”

The musical selections feature the works of composers Jennifer Higdon and George Crumb, who have both won the Pulitzer Prize for Music in addition to Grammys. CSU faculty vocalist Michelle Debruyn joins the ensemble for Crumb’s The Winds of Destiny (A Cycle of American Civil War Songs, Folks Songs, and Spirituals).

The event also will include a pre-concert exhibition of Civil War-themed artwork and related discussion by CSU art professor Elizabeth McFalls, starting at 3 p.m. in the RiverCenter lobby.

Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-7225, email or go to