Music on Market presents Over There: The Music of World War I
Joseph N. Rubin’s Orchestra
Over There: The Music of World War One
In Commemoration of the Centennial of the Armistice
Joseph N. Rubin’s Orchestra pays tribute to the music that won "The Great War" in Over There: The Music of World War One on the centennial of the Armistice: November 11, 1918. This concert will transport audiences on a musical journey through popular music of the war years of 1914-1918 by some of the greatest American composers of all time including George M. Cohan, Jerome Kern, and Victor Herbert. Immortal songs "Over There," “K-K-K Katy,” “Smiles,” "How Ya Gonna Keep 'em Down on the Farm," "Goodbye Broadway, Hello France" and more will be brought to life again in their original orchestrations for the first time in a century. Heidi Swinford, favorite leading soprano on Northern Ohio stages, will recreate selections originally introduced by Vaudeville stars Nora Bayes and Elsie Janis. Jay Spencer, acclaimed theatre organist and house organist at the Canton Palace Theatre, will lead the audience in a sing-along of 1918 song hits.
Conductor Joseph Rubin is “excited to bring this music to life once again in honor of this monumental anniversary.” Mr. Rubin believes “audiences will be surprised at how many of the songs they recognize because they have become part of the musical fabric of the United States over the past century.”
Armistice was declared on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in nineteen hundred and eighteen (November 11, 1918). This concert marks the centenary of this monumental occasion in world history and is dedicated to all the veterans who have served to help keep this country free.
Joseph N. Rubin’s Orchestra is a 12-piece ensemble that recreates the standard orchestra of the period found in theatres, opera houses, restaurants, hotels and numerous other public places from 1890s-1920s. Before the proliferation of recorded music, most public places had some sort of live music and Joseph N. Rubin’s orchestra continues this tradition. Founded in 2012, the orchestra draws upon a large collection of published “stock” orchestrations from 1880-1929 including include medleys from operettas and musical comedies, ragtime, waltzes, two-steps, and marches. Much effort is taken to create a historically accurate performance, from the 1910s Leedy “trap” set to the period attire worn by the musicians.
Music on Market is a program of The United Methodist Church of Wooster and supported by Main Street Wooster, Inc. and Wayne Center for the Arts. The series provides a diverse selection of high-quality music throughout the year to the entire community. These performances are presented in the Wooster UMC sanctuary - one of the largest, historical venues in our downtown and has handicap accessibility, available parking and proximity to downtown restaurants.
All events are free with a free-will offering to help cover the costs that accompany this amazing series. Seating is open style and no tickets are required. Doors open at 12:45. 330-262-5641
For more information, please go to https://www.josephnrubin.com/overthere