In our season of “Musical Stars” we’ll present Boston composer Michael Gandolfi’s Chesapeake: Summer of 1814 on our “Spangled Stars” concert March 27 and 28, 2015. That summer saw war action around our nation’s capital – part of the War of 1812. The battle at Fort McHenry in Baltimore is memorialized in our national anthem “The Star-Spangled Banner”.
For Chesapeake, Gandolfi used an historical design and libretto by his long-time librettist Dana Bonstrom and populated the piece with authentic period tunes. The familiar words of Francis Scott Key, author of our anthem, introduce the anthem itself.
The Reno Philharmonic premiered the music in March 2013. You can read a fascinating and detailed description of the history written into this music in an article by blog author usmusicscholoar. “usmusicscholar” has other posts about the Reno production. Look for more links on that blog page.