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Aug. 12, 2005


CUA’s “Songs of the Forgotten War” to Be Performed at Kennedy Center

The music school commissioned “Songs of the Forgotten War” as a collaborative work by 19 local composers, who each composed one minute of music to honor one of the 19 bronze statues at the Korean War Memorial.


Songs of the Forgotten War,” an innovative concert piece commissioned by the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music to commemorate those who served in the Korean War, will be performed Sunday, Aug. 14, at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.


The piece, which premiered during the April 2005 President’s Concert at Catholic University, comprises 19 movements by 19 different composers, including 15 affiliated with CUA. Sunday’s performance is presented by the Asian American Music Society and the Korean Cultural Service, and will be performed by local Korean musicians in addition to a group of CUA students and alumni. No tickets are required for the free performance at 6 p.m. on the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage. For additional information about the performance, click on http://www.kennedy-center.org/programs/millennium/schedule.html.


Inspired by the 19 soldier statues that make up the Korean War Memorial on the National Mall, “Songs of the Forgotten War” was commissioned by CUA’s Benjamin T. Rome School of Music for the Third Annual President’s Concert,Waging Peace: Music in Time of War.


Metro Connection, a local news magazine show on WAMU-FM 88.5, aired a lengthy radio story about the creation of “Songs of the Forgotten War” today (Aug. 12). The story will be rebroadcast Saturday, Aug. 13, at 5 a.m. and 2 p.m. and on Monday, Aug. 15, at 2 a.m. Audio archives of the show will be available on the radio station’s Web site at: http://www.wamu.org/programs/mc/.


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