News Release

Evangel University Orchestra to pay tribute to Abraham Lincoln in fall concert Tuesday, Nov. 12

November 12, 2013 | Michaela Smith

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. –– The Evangel University Orchestra, with special guest Steve Grant, will pay tribute to Abraham Lincoln at its fall concert at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 12, in the Robert H. Spence Chapel.

The centerpiece of the program will be a performance of Aaron Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait,” featuring Grant as narrator. Grant is a news anchor on KY3-TV (NBC) and a 1976 graduate of Evangel.

Also making a guest appearance on the concert program is Dr. Larry Toll, associate professor of history.  Toll will make a dramatic appearance as Captain Henry Reed Rathbone, a military officer who was present with Abraham Lincoln at Ford’s Theatre on the night that Lincoln was assassinated.

Dr. Larry Dissmore, professor of music, is the concert orchestra director.


  • “Coriolan Overture,” by Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Dramatic Presentation:  “Captain Henry Reed Rathbone”
    Performed by Dr. Larry Toll
  • “Lincoln Portrait,” by Aaron Copland
    Narrated by Steve Grant
  • “Symphony No. 9 in E Minor” (From The New World), by Antonin Dvorak

“It is fitting for the orchestra to present a concert celebrating Lincoln during the nation’s 150th anniversary of the Civil War period,” Dissmore said. “Although Beethoven is a European, the Coriolan Overture captures the gravity of the time. The Dvorak symphony, composed in America, sets forth a musical vision for the country as a united people.”

For more information about the concert, contact Lynne Hall at (417) 865-2815, ext. 7212.

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