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Simon Mulligan at The Sembrich. Photo credit: YM Photography

And Titanic’s Band Played On: A Multimedia Evening

Wednesday, August 22,  7:30 pm: “And Titanic’s Band Played On” multimedia talk

Thomas Larson & Hyperion String Quartet

What is the myth of Titanic’s band? Did they calm the fears of and add dignity to the doomed passengers and crew by playing until the end? Did they play “Nearer My God to Thee” as the boat sank? How long did the band last? Why did their hometowns honor them as heroes, the most famous light orchestra in the history of music? Thomas Larson, author of The Saddest Music Ever Written: The Story of Samuel Barber’s“Adagio for Strings,” along with the Hyperion String Quartet present a multimedia evening of Titanic lore and legend, music and movie clips, including a brief overview of music and maritime disasters; the salon repertoire of the period and the tunes the band played that last night; profiles of the seven musicians and their leader, violinist Wallace Hartley; differing ear- and eyewitness accounts of the band’s heroism; and a trove of photos, clips from movies and documentaries, and recorded interviews with survivors about the band that played on.  This event is made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Program and Warren County, administered locally by the Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council.