Concert to Commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Great Western Illinois Sanitary Fair
On Sunday, October 12th, 2014 the Historical Society will present the second concert in their Civil War series, commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Great Western Illinois Sanitary Fair concerts which took place on October 12th and 13th, 1864. The concert will re-unite the period brass and wind band which performed last year, and this year the guest conductor will be Pam Potter, director emeritus of the Quincy Park Band. The concert will take place at Lippincott Hall on the campus of the Illinois Soldiers and Sailors Home (now the Illinois Veterans Home at Quincy); starting at 2pm and everyone is welcome to the event which is free of charge. Period dress is welcome but optional.
The band will begin the concert with popular marches and ballads of the period, including the sentimental “Tenting on the Old Camp Ground” written by Walter Kittredge in 1863, “Tramp, Tramp, Tramp” written by George F. Root in 1863 and describing the plight of Union POW’s, “When Johnny Comes March Home,” and “Soldier’s Joy,” originally a fiddle reel, adapted for band.